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Emanuela Ascari

Residency May, June, July

Instability is part of the natural processes, of which also man is part. Instability is the engine of change, the continuous transformation of matter, of the becoming. Without instability all would be static and dead. Mankind doesn’t generate the instability itself, but it contributes to its acceleration. Neither “the end of the world” belongs to humans. We confused it with “the end of the human life”, according to an anthropocentric point of view. But the Earth, and nature, will surely survive also after the mankind extinction.
We have to rethink our relationship with the Earth in the prospective of a rapprochement to nature, to natural processes, and to life (bios), from a bio-logical point of view.

During her stay in Utopiana, she will develop suggestions arising from her previous work, Ciò che è vivo – culture tour. It is a long project that has given her a number of themes to explore. It is a research on the equilibrium between man and earth from the point of view of agriculture, organic agriculture, one of the first forms of culture,  to understand the principles for a cultural renovation in an ecological perspective. In the sense of the theme of Utopiana program, it is a work about the rediscovery of a biochore, and of a vision of men as one of the elements, among others, that determinates the ecosystem dynamics. On that direction Biodynamic agriculture offers a spiritual-scientific point of view, overcoming the classic dichotomous approach of Western thought, and proposing an holistic view closely linked to life.

One part of herpractice consists in making analysis by images of earth, leaves and fruits of Geneva: circular chromatographies, but also capillary dynamolysis, a similar technique which gives another kind of images.
The circular chromatography is a method of analysis of soils, plants and fruits, used by the biodynamic farmers to compare the characteristics of the analyzed matters. It is a laboratory process to create drawings, in which the analyzed substances manifest their characteristics in reaction to silver nitrate and to the light. They are a visible expression of the quality and of the vitality of the analyzed substance, and they could be read according to the parameters of beauty and harmony of shapes, as for artworks. She will make chromatographic analysis of soils, plants and fruits of Geneva to visualize their vitality and understand how the bio-chore of Geneva manifests itself in the living forms that are growing on that territory. There will be analyzes of good natural soils as polluted ones, eatable and toxic plants and fruits. The result will be a chromatographic landscape.
A part of this work will be made as a workshop, with people bringing samples to analyze, from home, or collected from affective places.
As the chora is the place of life becoming, Emanuela Ascari and her   will be modified by the chora of the place where she will live and work, growing together within the context of her residency. That is her natural approach.


Emanuela Ascari explores territories investigating the relation between man and environment, starting from a tension toward the earth, in pursuit of an ecology of thought at the intersection of nature, culture and ecosystem. She reworks landscapes, decomposing and recomposing them in installations, performances and sound environments in the search for connections between landscape and mindscape.

In 2015 she was selected to participate in the Artists in Residence program at the MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, where she exhibited developments of Ciò che è vivo – project, previously presented at the Fondazione Baruchello, Rome, and the PAV in Turin. She has been in various residencies from SOMA in Mexico City to  Art3 in Valence. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Italy and abroad, in both galleries and institutional spaces including the MACRO in Rome, the Sala Patria in Brasov, Romania, the Industrial Heritage Museum in Bologna, the Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art and Sala della Dogana in Genoa, the Delfini Public Library in Modena (Area Progetto-Civica Gallery), the Museum of Rural Life in Bologna, and the public art project Cuore di Pietra in Pianoro, Bologna.