CORRESPONDENCES: ABOUT HENRY MARTIN AND GIANFRANCO BARUCHELLO
“The story as presented here is thus an encounter between an active voice and an active ear – a voice that said as much as it found it possible to say, and an ear that took it with all the clarity it could muster”.
With these words Henry Martin sums up his relationship with the artist Gianfranco Baruchello, with whom, from the late 1960s to the 1980s, he maintained a fruitful friendship and collaboration, which made manifest primarily in three jointly authored books: Fragments of a Possible Apocalypse (1978), How to imagine, A narrative on Art, Agriculture and Creativity (1983) and Why Duchamp (1985).
ar/ge kunst dedicates an in-depth look at two of these publications through two “possible readings” proposed by BAU (Simone Mair and Lisa Mazza) and curator Luca Cerizza.
READING RIVERS #7
THINKING AND CULTIVATING A PLACE
curated by Simone Mair and Lisa Mazza
BAU – institute for contemporary art and ecology
We dedicate this session of Reading Rivers, to the book How to imagine, A narrative on Art, Agriculture and Creativity, about the project Agricola Cornelia S.p.a., a rural utopian commune to the north of Rome, which worked from 1973 to ’81, to bring agriculture and art into synergy. Reading Rivers takes up Baruchello’s rhizomatic way of thinking and visualising place, and juxtaposes the voices of Baruchello and Martin with the texts of artist Emma Smith and anthropologist Anna Tsing, who both describe places as a web of relationships. How can imagination help us visualise a place as an open-ended structure or assemblage?
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FRAGMENTS OF A POSSIBLE APOCALYPSE – HOW TO READ
Lecture by Luca Cerizza
Part of a long and fruitful collaboration, Fragments of a Possible Apocalypse (1978) is a book produced by Henry Martin and Gianfranco Baruchello, in a four-handed attempt to begin a possible interpretation of the most recurrent icons in the painter’s work. Luca Cerizza will use this book to try to orient himself within Baruchello’s complex imaginative geography.
Luca Cerizza is an art historian, curator and lecturer at NABA. A scholar of Baruchello’s work, in 2017 he curated the important solo exhibition “Gianfranco Baruchello: Incidents of Lesser Account” at Raven Row in London.