Happy to finally present the extended project LO SGUARDO SELVATICO / THE WILD EYE.
It started from a workshop and a residency at the Orto Botanico di Bologna during the Summer 2017, invited by Inuit Editions.
Botanical gardens are the Garden of Gardens, it is the place where naturalia, artificialia and mirabilia get confounded with each other, becoming a fascinating world on its own. Invited to this artist-in-residency project, we started to ask ourselves what we really were observing and looking at. We tried closing our eyes, taking off our glasses so we could avoid focalizing on things, we moved away, we got really close. In botanical gardens, the wild nature finally is ordered: in fact, someone observed carefully on our behalf, establishing standards, spaces, relations, geometries, families, sets according to differences and analogies. My eye is the latest of many, it focuses on a plant with a very long story, maybe it sees, maybe it doesn't even observe. This book was born as an observation workshop, alternating between personal and group efforts, in and out of phase, experimenting, in a nonlinear manner. It puts images in order like they were stickers in an album: slowly, one at the time, savouring the blank spaces yet to be filled. Part game, part mystery.
The texts are polyphonic captions: we asked seven people, all different from a human and professional standpoint, to react to the photos in the attached stickers sheet. They are other sets of eyes, looking upon our view, creating a circular dance between various possible imaginary worlds of what we saw, what we thought we were seeing, or maybe what we just imagined.
LO SGUARDO SELVATICO / THE WILD EYE has been superbly Risograph printed by Marco Tavarnesi of Inuit Editions and it has been presented at Bologna Children's Book Fair 2018 during the exhibition "The Greenhouse" at Galleria B4, Bologna.