"In us the man of all time. In all of us men. In us the animal, the vegetable, the mineral. Man is not only man. It is universe 1". This 7th International Biennale of Contemporary Art of Melle 2015 is based on Aimé Césaire's thought, with its dual poetic and political commitment, far from any anthropocentrism, this new edition implements the correlation, cooperation, interdependence and diversity of life on which all humanity depends. It is built on "the indispensable connivance, since time immemorial, between the human and the non-human 2" as anthropologist Philippe Descola observes.
Earth gardeners Heavenly gardeners combine ecology and the philosophy of existence with active creators, all inhabited by an equal genius of life: from Gilles Clément to Bill Viola, from Marie-Monique Robin to Olivier Darné, from Julien Blaine to Sylvain Soussan, from Nicolas Kozakis to Raoul Vaneigem, from Kôichi Kurita to the fabulous peasant painters Warli, Jivya Soma Mashe, Reena Umbersada, Shantaram Tumbada, Anil Vangad, etc. Faced with multiple changes and disturbances of all kinds, these artists cultivate the living in their works, awaken urgent degrees of consciousness, sow seeds of resistance, enchantment and replace the human being at the heart of the vital movement, feet on the ground, on the balcony of the universe. Particularly honey-bearing, this biennial brings together twenty-five Homo sapiens who transgress the boundaries of art, science, culture and agriculture. Poets of physics, astrophysics, metaphysics... they offer more light, more space, more meaning, more pleasure. They invite you to enjoy life, to invent new happy gardening rules... of a new societal project for a viable global garden.
"The planetary garden," says Gilles Clément, "is the Earth seen as a garden, the place where the best 3 accumulate." With, today, seven billion gardeners on the planet.
Dominique Truco curator
1. Aimé Césaire, « Poésie et Connaissance », Revue Tropiques, janvier 1945
2. Philippe Descola, Par delà nature et culture, 2005
3. Gilles Clément, Où en est l’herbe, Actes Sud, 2006
With Kwafir, botanical portraits, the big herbal tea