“Ecosistemi” opens at Biagiotti Progetto Arte Gallery in Florence, tonight at 6:30pm



Curated by Carlotta Mazzoli and Silvia Ballotti

November 24, 2016 – February 28, 2017

Opening: Thursday, November 24th, 2016 at 6:30 pm

TheBiagiotti Progetto Arte Foundation (via delle Belle Donne 39/r – Firenze) is pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition Ecosistemi, curated by Carlotta Mazzoli and Silvia Bellotti and with the patronage of the City of Florence. The opening will take place Thursday, November 24th, 2016 at 6:30 pm. The exhibition will be open until February 28, 2017, from Tuesday to Friday from 15 to 19 or by appointment.

Ecosistemi stems from the desire of the Biagiotti Progetto Arte Foundation to raise people’s awareness and help them to reflect on the state of our planet and what we can do as responsible citizens. The exhibition will deal with key issues of our times, such as waste reduction, recycling, environmental sustainability and the relationship between Man and Nature. The exhibition aims to inspire people in a positive way, helping them to discover nature’s miraculous plan and its generosity towards man. The Foundation’s desire is that visitors leave the gallery full of ideas, constructive information and the desire to do their part for our city and for the Planet.

Through the works of eight international artists – Calixto Ramirez (Mexico/Italy), Mandy Barker (UK), Miz Nakaishi (Japan), Paola Romoli Venturi (Italy), Peter Caton (UK), Riccardo Stellini (Italy), Simafra (Italy), Victoria Deblassie (USA / Italy) – the exhibition will lead the visitors along a path that winds through different views, information and ideas, where every space is designed as a small world to explore. The group exhibition is therefore created as a succession of eight small solo exhibitions, eight worlds that interact to form one big picture. Exactly like ecosystems in nature, these microcosms exist individually and maintain a balance only through the mutual exchange of matter and energy, drawing a dense network where each wire is connected to another.

ecosistemiThe artists selected for the exhibition come from different backgrounds, have different styles, and use different media – from installation, to photography, sculpture and video art – but they all have in common the investigation of the relationship between modern man and nature, a relationship that sees these two universes, sometimes opposing, interact with each other as interdependent elements.

With this exhibition, the visitor will pass by the works of Paola Romoli Venturi and Mandy Barker, who stress the importance and the need to implement daily practices such as recycling and waste reduction, and those of Riccardo Stellini, Miz Nakaishi and Simafra, that work on the concept of Nature as a creative force and the foundation of existence; the photographs by Peter Caton, documenting sustainable practices of interaction between man and nature, such as organic farming, and lastly the work of Calixto Ramirez and Victoria Deblassie, which reflect on the need for a regression to a primitive condition, to reconnect contemporary humankind with its true essence, emphasizing the ancestral link between itself and the environment.

The exhibition Ecosistemi will also be joined by a number of side events, which will be curated by local and national associations. Between December and February, in fact, the Biagiotti Progetto Arte Foundation, in collaboration with Fairmenti, GreenApes, Greenpeace, Legambiente and Rifiuti Zero, will organize a series of in-depth conferences on specific topics related to the exhibition, such as climate change, organic farming, sustainable fisheries, new technologies and the reduction and recycling of waste.

With the patronage of the City of Florence
In collaboration with Fairmenti, GreenApes, Greenpeace, Legambiente, Rifiuti Zero


December 1st, 2016, 6:30 pm
/an.tro.po.sfè.re/ – 2030+2C  Key concepts for a dictionary of the climate future, World Café, curated by Legambiente Sezione Firenze

December 15th, 2016,6:30 pm 
Made in Tuscany: The importance of organic and local farming, talk curated by Associazione FairMenti

January 12th, 2017,6:30 pm 
Towards a more sustainable world, talk curated by Greenpeace Gruppo Locale di Firenze

January 26th, 2017,6:30 pm 
Zero waste: a revolution in progress, talk curated by Rifiuti Zero Firenze

February 2nd, 2017, 6:30 pm 
Sustainability in the digital era: New technologies at the service of local communities, curated by GreenApes

Fondazione Biagiotti Progetto Arte

Biagiotti Progetto Arte Foundation
via delle Belle Donne 39/r
50123 Firenze
T/F +39 055214757

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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