Yuca (Habitacular series) – HOT SPOT – Caring For a Burning World #172 (2016/2022) by Raquel PaiewonskyLa Galleria Nazionale
Raquel Paiewonsky, Yuca (Habitacular series)
Raquel Paiewonski hint instead at a harmonious coexistence with nature by the powerful photograph Yucca, where the hand (the biological tool to which we owe the emergence of Homo Sapiens) becomes an edible root.
What's the first thing you think of when I say Hot Spot?
Something that calls for immediate attention.
What is the "hottest" contemporary theme nowadays?
Our inability as a species to agree on basic actions for the greater good. We have become polarized and dogmatic in our views, which hampers our ability for critical thinking, common sense, and connection.
How artistic practice can actively influence these issues?
Art can provide both a space for research and education and a space of reflection and poetic interrelation that can awaken awareness and sensibility.
How was it to confront with other artists in Hot Spot?
It felt very natural. Artists tend to be in tune with what needs to be seen and addressed in our culture. Taking about nature, its magnificence, and tragedy is an urgent matter we all must face.
What do you think is the main visitors' feeling in Hot Spot?
Hopefully, reverence for nature and a desire to be part of the crucial paradigm shift needed to repair.
Installation View – HOT SPOT – Caring For a Burning World #040 (2022)La Galleria Nazionale
Choose a claim for an aesthetic activism manifesto
Interspecies connective mechanisms.
Interview by Giulia Lotti. Photo by Adriano Mura.