Mazzoleni is glad to announce Andrea Francolino‘s solo exhibition, Humus, curated by Sergio Risaliti and Luca Puri, which opens to the public at the Museo Novecento, Florence, on 25 September 2020 (until 17 December 2020), and addresses to the future of Europe under a single flag.
The title of the show stems from the careful observation of nature and the relationships between European countries. Francolino’s exploration focuses on a specific activity that Nature carries out wisely and cleverly to protect the soil: mulching, the practice of covering the land with organic matter to maintain its humidity, protectsit from erosion and preservesits temperature.
The project envisages the installation of 28 flags, one for each member state of the European Union as well as a collective one, which ideally unites and represents all nations of the United Europe together. Each flag will contain GPS coordinates alluding to the locations of the respective parliaments, a discreet and yet unambiguous way of revealing via geographical position their place in the world by referring to the palaces where the decisions of government leaders establish (or fail to establish) equilibria. The arrangement of each flag recalls that of the representatives of individual countries who, sitting together, have an impact on the destiny of the planet with their choices.
The ecological crisis and the strong efforts that individuals and nations have made to protect the planet are reasons for reflection in Andrea Francolino, who addresses this issue in the hope of achieving a future where individuals are united by a common aim of protection:“In the face of this, all differences of faith, race, culture or provenance disappear, since the Earth is one and the same for everyone.”
Photographic credit: Cristian Timpone