Swiss photographer Mario Del Curto has traveled the world cultivating an artistic interpretation of biodiversity and the ways in which humans deal with plants and vegetation in both natural and urban environments.
In this exhibition of his work in progress, Del Curto offers two facets of his exploration, merging documentation and contemplation. The first series of works, GARDENS, invites one to discover how gardens, modest or sumptuous, wild or domesticated, are reinvesting urban space and, through photography, the scene of contemporary art.
The second set of works from his ongoing BOTANICA Project penetrate the heart of the Vavilov Institute in Saint Petersburg, the Russian seed library and archive where scientists and conservators take care of the seed patrimony of a vast number of now virtually unknown species.
Together, these two suites invite one to experience a journey of contemplation between art and science.
*This event is part of Cultivating our Future, a month-long program in June 2014 during which swissnex San Francisco investigates our relationship to plants and imagines a green and healthy future for cities and the planet. Events tackle the theme through the lenses of community, research, art, and design.
[COMMUNITY] June 2: Urban Farming: Food Cultivation as Civic Engagement
[RESEARCH] June 5: Plant Diversity and Seed Heritage
[ART] June 12: Nature as Image
[DESIGN] June 14: Material Matters
Mario Del Curto
Lausanne-based photographer Mario Del Curto started documenting social unrest in the 1970s and 1980s, which led to the publication of the book Suisse en mouvement with Philippe Maeder and Armand Deriaz. He soon became an independent photographer and commenced his stage work, particularly in the realm of theater and dance.
Del Curto’s photographs are exhibited in several international galleries and museums, in particular the Musée de l’Elysée and the Art Brut Collection in Lausanne, Switzerland, of which he is a member of the Advisory Committee. He is also a consultant and associate curator of several exhibitions and festivals. Today, the scope of his work extends beyond the artistic genre and includes transdiscplinary projects.