This chapter presents different practices which explore ecosystems – both natural and domestic – created or transformed by human activity.
The works on display reveal, interpret, fantasise as well as reform these spaces.
The utopia of harmonious cohabitation between landscape and human activity, or a relay between industry and nature, is present in the paintings of Alexandre Hogue, as well as in the models of Patrick Berger and Gilles Clément, who turned a former Citroën plant into serial gardens. Photographs by Lucien Clergue depict the traces left by humanity on the ground, and Jessica Stockholder and Mercedes Azpilicueta present altered visions of domestic space and the home.
The deforestation maps of the collective Rado and the ailing body put on display by Jo Spence both bear witness to the damage – from pollution to amputation – caused to the living world. The works gathered here further underscore the extent to which the natural and the artificial have become imbricated at every level and show us that the planet’s landscapes are the product of a blend of what humanity has created, grown, introduced or let live.
This chapter can be seen at the LAAC.