We have recently entered a new geological era: the era in which the human being, through his intense work, is shaping the planet and the territories we inhabit. In particular, our development model has transformed the aesthetics of places to include the productive activities that allow us to survive and thrive. What is the result?
It starts from this question Human Habitat. Landscapes from the Anthropocene, the exhibition on display in the park of the MUSE – Science Museum of Trento (Italy), until 18 July 2021 which, born from the awareness of these changes, investigates this phenomenon and the visual impact it generates.
Human Habitat is a bird's eye view of the surface of the planet and the landscapes of the production, distribution and disposal of resources, through the eyes of talented contemporary photographers accompanied by the reflections of philosophers, landscape architects and art experts.
A project shared between civic associations and museums to tell the Anthropocene, that is the current era in which the terrestrial environment, in all its physical, chemical and biological characteristics, is strongly conditioned on a local and global scale by the effects of human action.
Human Habitat. Landscapes from the Anthropocene it consists of 8 large shots by the German photographer Tom Hegen and another 21 shots, taken from 8 different photographic projects by 6 emerging artists, accompanied by infographics and videos. The exhibition is an immersion (from above) into the aesthetic dimension of the Anthropocene, in a mix of images that are as fascinating in their artistic component as they are perturbing in documenting dynamics of imposing anthropic impact.
At the center of the visual story is the exploitation of the natural environment for the extraction of resources and the production of food and on the impact of these activities in terms of sustainability and biodiversity, but also of humanity's perception of one's being in the world and the relationship with other organisms and the environment.
Like abstract works, Tom Hegen's ‘paintings'’ show from above the transformation and rationalization, destruction and at the same time the sublime beauty of contemporary landscapes, inviting us to a dialogue between science and art, raw data and empathic impression.
Human Habitat, a project by the Acropoli Association in collaboration with the Trentino Historical Museum Foundation and MUSE, and with the support of the Cassa Rurale di Trento Foundation, from 12 June it will also be hosted at the Gallerie, two former road tunnels converted into exhibition spaces, where it will remain until February 2022.
“Human Habitat shows the beauty and harmony of the transformations of the landscape in a crazy mix of anthropogenic colors and geometries” explains the president of Acropolis Federico Casagrande. “As human beings we transform the territories in which we live to adapt them to our needs; we believe it is important to know how we shaped our planet to make it our habitat, leaving indelible marks of our passage, always poised between the artist's brushstroke and scars to heal”.
“It's ‘pop’ narrative”, specifies Anna Maragno of Acropoli, “born from the involvement of over 40 young people from all over Italy, who through photography, architecture and research aims to tell an increasingly more limit between efficiency and survival”.