Urbanautica presents the international exhibition of Canadian photographer David Pollock at ‘spazi Bomben’ of Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, from 2 December 2012 through 6 January 2013, named "Fertile Geometry" . This event is an occasion to reflect on the contemporary rural landscape.
The widespread use of photography and images as a means of representation and communication of the environment stimulates questions and invites further study. The prevailing if not the domain of the language of images in contemporary society is not without intrinsic pitfalls.
Urbanautica with the sponsorship of Fondazione Benetton are organizing the ‘Photography and Landscape’ Workshop, to investigate and highlight, with the help of photographers, some of the axioms of the relationship between ‘man-nature-landscape’.
At the end of the Workshop, Fondazione Benetton will have free use of the results to present them in a special exhibition of photography at its exhibition space and assemble them in a publication devoted to the project. In this way the intention is that the research is then extended to the public and provides a further opportunity for reflection, discussion, reading and exposure.
David Pollok said:
"I made these photographs between 2008 and 2010 in the farmlands of the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Farming is often viewed through the lens of nostalgia and romanticized as a lost way of life that was more connected to nature. The farm fields were a fruitful way for me to situate the human in nature because it is within this interface that questions arise regarding our place in the natural world. Farmland is an exotic territory for most of us, despite the fundamental nature of farming as a precondition of our culture. As much as the idea of wilderness implies no human presence, these anthropogenic landscapes are reminders of our inescapable and constant interaction with the natural world".