In the context of Arts Catalyst’s current exhibition Towards the Planetary Commons and Delfina Foundation’s programme The Politics of Food, join us for an evening workshop led by artists Luigi Coppola and Asunción Molinos Gordo.
The workshop aims to investigate the implications of language and terminologies embedded in dominant monocultural approaches whilst seeking to counter-verbalise them. How can one challenge the existing vocabulary underlying the politics of traditional botanical taxonomies and classifications? What new signifiers can agro-political practices articulate in order to question the power exercised through dispossession and exploitation of land, communities and biodiversity?
During the session the artists and the participants will map out the historical political and colonial entanglements of existing names of plants and seeds, while stimulating new imaginary glossaries for radical ecological politics.
Artists, activists, researchers, gardeners and herbalists are invited to attend. Reserve a free spot here.
Luigi Coppola is an artist who works in performance, video, and public art. He researches participatory practices and politically-motivated actions, starting by analysing specific social, political, and cultural contexts, as in Parco Comune dei Frutti Minori (2014‒ongoing), Castiglione d’Otranto. Coppola is currently exploring Evolutionary Populations, a commoning practice inspired by geneticist Salvatore Ceccarelli. The practice of Evolutionary Populations involves sowing mixtures containing hundreds of different varieties of seeds, which come from different geographic areas of the world, and leaving it to the earth to choose the varieties to grow depending on climatic and soil conditions. This agro-ecological choice stimulates hybrid forms of environmental and social reproduction while challenging the false myth of authenticity and purity of species.
Asunción Molinos Gordo (b.1979, Spain) questions the categories defining “innovation” in mainstream discourses today by exploring the different forms of intellectual enquiry from the urban to the rural. Driven by a strong desire to understand the value and complexity of the rural as well as its cultural production and the obstacles that lead to its marginalisation, Molinos works in a range media including installation, photography, video, sound and other media.
*As spaces are extremely limited, please only reserve a space if you are able to attend the workshop.