food, sustainability and art projects in Europe

Sustaining Assembly – Parco Arte Vivente

Our partner the Parco Arte Vivente (PAV), in Torino (IT), inaugurates it’s new exhibition Sustaining Assembly, Artistic practices for an ecological transition, on Friday May the 7th. The exhibition will be accessible until October the 24th of 2021. 

With Maria Thereza Alves, Mao Chenyu, Fernando García-Dory, Michele Guido, Karrabing Film Collective, Alessandra Pomarico / Free Home University Collective, Yasmin Smith, Bouba Touré and Raphaël Grisey, Zheng Bo

curated by Piero Gilardi and Marco Scotini

On 7th May 2021, the PAV presents the new exhibition SUSTAINING ASSEMBLY. Artistic practices for the ecological transition, curated by Piero Gilardi and Marco Scotini. A project that deals with highly topical issues, dear to the contemporary art center that since 2008 has been dealing with the relationship between culture and sustainability, such as political ecology, the struggle for the decolonization of knowledge and collective memories, the sustainable growth of world, the development of new energy sources, reforestation projects and environmental protection.

The progress of the environmental crisis, which not even the lockdown has managed to slow down, also requires culture to take the field and act for concrete change. And it is in line with these urgencies that the PAV presents with SUSTAINING ASSEMBLY, an exhibition that not only denounces the current crisis, but proposes possible solutions.

The project already reveals in its title, with the word assembly, the reference to the union of all those actors who collaborate with the aim of achieving planetary eco-sustainability, making visible the integration and interaction, already existing, between different sustainable practices such as the research and development of non-fossil energy sources, circular economy practices, the spread of bio-agriculture, the regeneration of urban spaces.

SUSTAINING ASSEMBLY, through the work of artists who have been able to activate projects around the planet, offers the public a roundup of solutions to the current crisis, such as the Inland collective project presented by Fernando Garcia-Dory, or Alessandra Pomarico / Free Home University Collective. Zheng Bo, Mao Chenyu recount experiences of the Asian community, while Australian ecological issues and indigenous rights are at the heart of Karrabing Film Collective’s work. The Australian Yasmin Smith proposes a project dedicated to the Land of Fires, Michele Guido and the historic artist Maria Thereza Alves reflect on some sustainable practices. The duo composed of Bouba Toure and Raphaël Grisey instead presents a research on the African experience of Somankidi Coura. Furthermore, on the occasion of the opening, an unprecedented performative action by Piero Gilardi will be presented.

May 7 – October 24, 2021

The exhibition is organized with the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo, the CRT Foundation, the Piedmont Region, the City of Turin and with the patronage of the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin.

The installation té égalité fr by Zheng Bo is created with the support of the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition and the European Commission as part of The Table and the Territory – food, sustainability and art projects in Europe.