La ricchizza di la terra/La ricchezza della terra

The wealth of the land

In developing this body of work, I have become acutely aware of the ways in which language has both shaped and reflected changes in food availability over thousands of years. “New” foods have become available over those millennia: carried on the back of trade and conquest from other parts of Italy and Europe; from the middle and far east; and from Africa and south America. These foods have slowly become part of local cultures and language. It is part of the human story but one which today, in this age of globalisation, may threaten our existence.

 

Working with Palermitano dialect—as well as Italian—has made sense from the beginning. But translator Francesco Pusateri, through his many commentaries to me, has heightened the tragedy of loss that sees the existence of local food varieties withering alongside the cultural loss of local language: they are inexorably linked.

 

And we are the poorer for it. All of us.

 

Darwin/Palermo, February 2016

Chips and Wealth of the Land series

Chips and Wealth of the Land series

At Nomad opening, Darwin, 2016.

Installation at Nomad, Darwin 2016

Installation at Nomad, Darwin 2016

Installation at Nomad, Darwin 2016

Installation at Nomad, Darwin 2016

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La cicuoria La cicoria Chicory Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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U pumu Il pomo The apple Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45cm

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I ficu r’innia Ficchi d’india Prickly Pear Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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I spàraci I sparagi Asparagus Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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U prunu Il susino The plum Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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U taroccu Il taroccho The blood orange Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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U furmintuni La panocchia Maize Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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La Milinciana di tunisina La melanzane viola Purple eggplant Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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I cucuzzeddi di friiri I zucchine Zucchini Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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U pircocu L’albicocco The apricot Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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La persica tabacchiera La pesca The peach Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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U ciuru di cucuzza Il fiore di zucca The pumpkin flower Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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La cirasa La ciliegia Cherries Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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I piseddi I piselli Peas Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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U ficu Il fico The fig Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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La nespula La nespola Loquat Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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U pumadoru Il pomodoro The tomato Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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I frauli e ceusi Le fragoline e gelsi Baby strawberries & mulberries Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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I pipareddi verdi I peperoncini verdi Green chilies Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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I Piri I pere Pears Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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I Rrapi rrussi La barbabietola Beetroot Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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U Pumaruricchiu I pomodori di ciliegia Cherry tomatoes Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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U pipittuni Il cedro Citron Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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I giri La bietola Beet Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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I cacocciuliddi I carciofini Baby artichokes Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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I cipuda scalognu I cipollotti Shallots Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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U granatu La melagrana Pomegranate Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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L’àgghia L’aglio Garlic Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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I pipareddi rrussi I peperoncini rossi Red chilies Ink jet print on archival paper, 45x45 cm

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