itineraries


the desert itinerary

life projects

flourishing in the desert

A project by Maria Rebecca Ballestra, curated by Rachela Abbate.

Over two years this project will investigate the geological, cultural, spiritual and environmental meaning of the wastelands in the world. Different levels of topographical transformation will be considered, including desertification by industrialization and globalization. During this collaborative project, multimedia artworks will be produced by co-operating with researchers of science and humanities. The outcome will be, along with the artworks, a production of special digital and paper publications with scientific, literary and theoretical essays as well as artistic contributions and illustrations.

Every itinerary comprises three parts:
The first regards the journey of the artist in the deserts and wasteland itself. These journeys are for the artist Maria Rebecca Ballestra more than a research method, by confronting herself physically and psychologically with conditions of the environment, she explores and experiences possibilities of diverse viewpoints and processes. The artistic production as an expression of experiences and insight got through the desert journeys follows as the second part. For the third part, which focuses on the geopolitical or anthropological contexts the deserts stays in, is invited a researcher to contribute an essay.

 

 

 

Sahara-Desert

the end of a dream:  groundwater depletion

antarctic

environment protection:  starting point to save the planet

Kalahari-desert

bushmen and the roots of human being

Great-Basin

water lost: drought and water exploitation

Victoria-Desert

deserts: a fragile and unknown ecosystem

 

 

 

 

 

 

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