Bosque Pehuén Residency Program: Multidisciplinary Nature Research Station
2019-20 | Wilderness Archive

In search of new creative and critical perspectives on recognizing the value of ecosystems and researching the ways the human and non-human interrelate, is how a collaboration between Fundación  Mar Adentro and curator Carlo Rizzo emerged–, who came to Chile to commence his Wilderness Archive project, a research and itinerant project, conceived as a proto-library and museum, which invites viewers to reconsider the legacy of traditional classification methods and ways of recording and understanding wilderness and its cultural implications. Stories, geographic uniqueness, and socio-cultural interconnections of each place are told through multiple perspectives and in partnership with local actors to co-design, develop and keep these archives alive and inherently linked to their own ecosystems.

The Wilderness Archive sites are chosen within different ecosystems where nature (still) prevails over human intervention (as is the case of our privately protected area of conservation: Bosque Pehuén). The archives created in each site intend to record  the biodiversity of each place yet in dialogue with visible signs of possible human interventions. Hence, story of each site is told through multiple perspectives: scientific, institutional, personal or spiritual. And at each site, Carlo partners with local hosts, who assist with the design, development, and maintenance of the archive.

In January 2019, Carlo visited Bosque Pehuén for the first time, to start his residency and begin what will be the first iteration of the Wilderness Archive. The work continued the following year, in order to complete his research. The results will be presented for the first time in October 2020, which entails the presentation of 4 “cabinets of curiosities” that contain different objects, texts, printed works and videos based on four main themes: Life Cycles, Beliefs, Architecture/s , and water. Each one of these cabinets address the human-nature relationship from a series of questions and different visions, and they tell the history of this place and its different transformations.

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Carlo Rizzo is an independent curator and researcher whose work focuses on the relationship between culture and wilderness. In recent years he has promoted and curated a series of interdisciplinary projects, among them, a series of “on board” debates during the first expedition of the Antarctic Biennial (2017) and the first Antarctic pavilion at the Venice Biennale that year; curator of the Exhibition Road Commission (2016), an interdisciplinary commission awarded in its first version to artist Tomás Saraceno, which considered the participation of 16 cultural institutions such as Victoria & Albert Museum, Serpentine Galleries, National History Museum and Imperial College London. He is also a researcher at the Victoria & Albert Museum where he explores contemporary art collections of non-Western cultures and their importance as instruments of intercultural dialogue and cultural diplomacy.

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