Fernando Garcia-Dory

Applied arts in agro-ecology 

14 Jan 2022, 6pm
This talk is part of the lecture series »Shifting conditions – working in critical times«
in Cooperation with Kunstbüro der Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg.

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New concerns on the social and environmental conditions in which the art system operates are growing, and therefore an understading of the different ecosophical theoretical frames and their application in practice in specific contexts is of great importance at this moment.  Drawing on current debates as collective agency in creative processes, usefulness and engaged autonomy,   a series of recent projects will be presented and examined, such as Inland, Confederacy of Villages or Lumbung network.

Fernando García-Dory ́s work engages the relationship between culture and nature, as manifested in multiple contexts, from landscape and the rural, to desires and expectations in relation to identity, crisis, utopia and social change. Interested in the harmonic complexity of biological forms and processes, his work addresses connections and cooperation, from microorganisms to social systems, and from traditional art languages drawing to collaborative agro-ecological projects and actions. He studied Fine Arts and RuralmSociology, and is preparing his PhD on Art and Agroecology.  He was granted theSocially Engage Award by  Creative Time New York, the Chamberlain Award and finalist of the Rolex Prize, He is fellow of Council of Forms ( Paris) and board member of the World Alliance of Nomadic Pastoralists.   He has developed projects and shown his work at Tensta Konsthalle, Van Abbe Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, SFMOMA, Pompidou Museum, Documenta 12 and Biennales of Gwangju, Istanbul and Athens. Since 2010 he has been developing a project called INLAND, in which he dissolves his authorship. For 2021 is preparing exhibitions at BALTIC Newcastle, Serpentine Galleries London, Madre Napoli , Biennales of Istanbul, Kosovo and Urals, and for Documenta 15. He is also coordinator of the European network on Rural Arts called Confederacy of Villages, supported by Creative Europe program and Carasso Foundation.

Image caption:
A session of INLAND Study Group , at their experimental plot of land near Matadero Madrid art centre. 2015. Courtesy of Inland