During the residency they worked on the topic of soil to trace connections between its microbiological composition and local typicities that define the identity and specific rituals of a territory. A work which combines visual art and scientific research.
Keywords: local identity, cultural tourism, soil, social heritage, cultural heritage, photography, video, digital camera.
Zeno Franchini and Francesca Gattello
Zeno Franchini (Verona, Italy, 1989) and Francesca Gattello (Verona, Italy, 1986) spend their residency in one of the ateliers of La Panacée – Centre de Culture Contemporaine from February to April, to develop their research in the framework of ETAC project. At present they live and work between Italy and The Netherlands.
Their project focuses on the research of soil to trace connections between its microbiological composition and local typicities that define the identity and specific rituals of a territory (such as food, architecture, festivities). Through an empirical approach, they want to represent the invisible layer underneath the screening stratum of the ground with the tool of soil analysis to understand soil composition and show the presence of bacteria, fungi and yeasts in soils of different urban areas. A work that aims to translate a rural activity into the context of contemporary cities. Mixing visual art and scientific research the artists aim to develop a dialogue with the local context and suggest an alternative perspective in looking at territories.
During the residency, they documented the surrounding environment with a photographic inquiry while deepening their understanding of territorial specificities and local traits. From this starting point, they selected the intervention areas and they showed the results of their research in a public event. An exercise of social interaction where the artists exhibited and explained their project.
Zeno Franchini is graduated in Social Design and Francesca Gattello in Industrial Design, they focused their training through the "object". Cultural Stratigraphy
, developed during the ETAC residency, has been their first project as Marginal, a Design and Art studio focused in the research at the margin of the disciplines.
Zeno Franchini's works have been exhibited especially in the North European context. He participated in 2014 at the 14th edition of Venice Architecture Biennale, with Today was Tomorrow
for the Swiss Pavilion and in 2015 he has been awarded with the first prize at Hackathon Future Food Hack. Francesca Gattello's works have been developed in the Italian context. She won in 2013 a first prize for her project Calcarea
, which is now exhibited in W_Women in Italian Design for the IX Edition of the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.