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Expanded NatureTo visualize the invisible
Starting from the premise that nature is in constant change and in close relationship with human beings, “Expanded Nature: to visualize the invisible”, the new exhibition at the CCLM Heritage Gallery, seeks to reinforce a deeper and more comprehensive definition of what we understand as natural heritage, through a montage that brings together sounds, textures, images and stories.
“Expanded Nature” is the product of an investigation started in 2019 by Fundación Mar Adentro (FMA) together with the curator Carlo Rizzo in Bosque Pehuén -a conservation area of this organization in the Andean Araucanía- experience to which four artists later joined, who approach the problem of how to expand the way in which nature is defined, archived, documented, represented and protected, developing a deeper understanding of the visible and invisible signs that take place in the interaction between nature and people.
In this way, the artists Josefina Astorga, Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira, Laboratorio del Eco – Gregorio Fontén, Miquel Moya and Carlo Rizzo himself, approach these problems from the arts, with manifestations such as the photographic and archival representation of wild vegetation; observation and reflection on endangered natural species; the sounds of nature and the endemic foods of our territory, to develop a creation of a collective nature, in which viewers will formulate a redefinition of nature, based on their sensorial memory.
Thus, from contemporary art, the exhibition explores how it is possible that scientific, artistic and social forms of research and interpretation converge to deepen our understanding and interrelation with nature.
“Today, as the pandemic context makes us return to domestic spaces and rethink our individual and collective existence, Expanded Nature invites us to open a dialogue and debate about what we understand by natural heritage, how we relate to its constant changes, how we give it value, we preserve and archive something as dynamic as the environment”, says Beatriz Bustos Oyanedel, Director of Centro Cultural La Moneda.
Maya Errázuriz, Art and Publications Manager at Fundación Mar Adentro and one of the curators of the exhibition, “the research we have developed over these two years together with Carlo Rizzo seeks precisely to question that western distinction that is made between ‘nature ‘and’ culture ‘. We find it interesting to question nature in spaces where they are not usually presented, such as cultural centers or art museums, for this reason we appreciate the opportunity that CCLM has given us to present more comprehensive reflections on the human-nature relationship”.
For his part, Carlo Rizzo, co-curator of the exhibition, mentions that “we should not be less ambitious than trying to revolutionize the traditional paradigms of “exhibiting” nature. This exhibition honors the complexity of planetary ecosystems by revealing their history through multiple layers and the artists who exhibit in it find meaning in the complex connections that make us nature, rather than simply observers of it.
Expanded Nature probes into which aspects are visible and which have been made invisible in the cultural construction of what we understand by nature. At the same time that it rescues knowledge such as agroecology, the use of medicinal plants and beliefs linked to the natural heritage. An exhibition by Centro Cultural La Moneda together with Fundación Mar Adentro, which has the collaboration of Fundación Biodiversidad Alimentaria, Fundación Fungi and Geocom.
Horizontal nature, ferns that shelter the spirits that care for the water, 2014. Photography 35 mm Black and white
© Josefina Astorga