About the artist:
Diego Bonetto's interdisciplinary approach to art making allows him to work collaboratively and individually, with no loyalty to particular media and materials. He is a key member of artist group SquatSpace (www.squatspace.com) and the BigFAGPress (www.bigfagpress.org).
For the past 6 years Diego has been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource launched in 2006(www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, various site-specific installations in the form of Self-Guided Tours and the presentation of papers in academic forums.
About the project:
The Weedyconnection project is an artistic investigation on Australian flora, providing information and insight into a number of non-indigenous plants commonly known as weeds.
The aim of this undertaking is to rediscover the traditional knowledge, celebrate the multiplicity of cultures in botanical terms, and learn the legal status of such plants.
The framing of “illegal” and unwanted flora within a cultural context will draw attention to the concept of “permissible species” as a social construct. Weeds are defined by a nation's law, and plants that are declared a weed in one place may be a precious resource in another.
One of the central questions posed through Environmental Art is to understand our human dependency to our surroundings.
The way we relate physically and emotionally to a given ecosystem informs how we feel about it and how much we respect it.
The ethnobotanical knowledge of traditional land custodians is an example of intrinsic symbiosis between humans and other species. One affecting the other.
When it comes to the reality of today’s world population, with ever-increasing migrating patterns from one corner of the earth to the other, in endless loops, ancestral connections are lost in foreign biospheres.
Or, perhaps, not?