‘The Garden’, 2010 - 2012
Inkjet print on cotton paper, 98,3x80cm
Handmade books, Ink jet print, 15x10cm
‘The garden is the art of artificially producing a natural landscape in which we summarise all the beauties of Flora conceived by a particular culture or civilisation. Therefore, dominates a dynamic relationship between the natural and the artificial.’
‘The garden, if interpreted as a representation of the world, teaches us, perhaps better than any other art form, what is the ideal of the world in which Man was formed at a certain time.’
‘The Garden’ is an open research project, begun in New York in 2010. The project explores the creation of natural areas within the city, looking at the public space as an expression of the host society. Parks and gardens have been designed throughout history so as to imitate nature, serving at the same time as a refuge for citizens and as a mirror of the various societies which have followed each other over the centuries. The photographs are shot from the outside, adopting the democratic view of the urban mass. The fences that mark the park boundaries, in the foreground, provide hints on the civilisation that designed the garden, while in the far ground the natural space appears. Often, behind the thickets of branches and plants, the shapes of buildings and other urban constructions may be made out, anchoring the natural elements to these places in the chaotic yet structured metropolitan setting. Alongside the photographs of three different New York parks there are three little artist’s books which create a visual link between the inside and the outside of the gardens.