25.09.2020 - 05.04.2021

“Infinite reflections on the ‘Man versus Nature’ rift and relationship accompany my artistic quest, prompting me to observe how provident and careful Nature is. Protecting the land from erosion and the processes of desertification, from the sun and violent climatic phenomena, preventing the loss of fertility and humidity, humus is the quintessential and complex result of a laborious cycle made up of the accumulation of organic matter created over time, through many interconnected processes.” 

Museo Novecento is pleased to announce Andrea Francolino‘s solo exhibition “Humus”, curated by Sergio Risaliti and Luca Puri (25 September5 April 2021). The project imagines the installation of 28 flags, one for each member state of the European Union, as well as a collective one, which brings together all the nations of a united Europe. On each flag, GPS coordinates allude to the location of each respective parliament, a discreet and unambiguous way of revealing the places in the world where the ruling of the country is decided by men and women, affecting the future of the planet.

The ecological crisis and the strong efforts that individuals and nations have made to protect the planet are points of reflection for Andrea Francolino, who addresses this issue in the hope of achieving a future 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.”

The creation of a communal, nutrition-rich terrain is at the basis of this research, which annuls all differences between nations, without ever disavowing the cultural, social and anthropic biodiversity that distinguishes them. 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, protects it from erosion and preserves its temperature.

“The humus that Andrea Francolino forces us to think about – explains the Artistic Director of Museo Novecento, Sergio Risaliti – is the common ground that we share in living and experiencing our being in the world, making use of an almost limitless technological power, even if that power is, unfortunately, often destructive and abusive towards the planet and its inhabitants. The Earth, shared by all of us, erases borders. The defence of ”ethnic groups” loses its meaning and function in the face of protecting nature, safeguarding the collective humus. We must therefore learn from Mother Nature how to live harmoniously with entropy and how to accept change. We must think and behave from the perspective of a less violent and catastrophic time, ut one that is more natural and cosmic.”

The exhibition has been made possible thanks to the contribution of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, and in conjunction with Mazzoleni, London – Turin.