Accompanies an exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemparain offering artistic and scientific visions on trees Omnipresent and essential to life, trees have been underestimated by biologists. But in recent years, they have been the subject of scientific discoveries that have allowed us to see these oldest and largest members of the community of living beings in a new light. Capable of sensory perception, showing complex communication skills, living in symbiosis with many other species and influencing the climate, trees are equipped with unexpected faculties whose discovery confirms what indigenous, traditional and local communities had long acknowledged.
Featuring works by contemporary artists including forest people, scientific imagery, films, photographs and sound installations, the exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, strives to highlight the beauty, ingenuity and biological richness of trees, allowing us to see and hear these impressive protagonists of the living world that now find themselves also under increasing threat. Through paintings, drawings, photographs, scientific images, maps and texts by specialists, the catalogue published to accompany the exhibition invites the reader to dive into the fascinating and beautiful world of trees.
, Francis Halle
, Stefano Mancuso
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain
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01 October 2019
Essay by Emanuele Coccia * Interview with Francis Halle by Emanuele Coccia * Text by Stefano Mancuso * Infographics, maps and short texts about trees and forests in the World by Bruce Albert * Artworks by the artists of the exhibition: Francis Halle, Cesare Leonardi, Johanna Calle, Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret, Artists of the Chaco, Luiz Zerbini, etc. * Chronology of the life of trees and the latest scientific research
Bruce Albert is an anthropologist and committed advocate of the Brazilian Yanomami, with whom he has been working since 1975. Emanuele Coccia is Associate Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en sciences sociales, Paris, and author of The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture. Francis Halle is Botany Professor at Montpellier University. Stefano Mancuso is Professor at Florence University, and a member of the Accademia dei Georgofili.