Versatilidad Antigua y Futura

 

The project "Versatilidad Antigua y Futura"  was born in view of the participation, both as an artist and as a spectator, to the ‘X Congresso Mesoamericano sobra Las Abejas Nativas’ in Guatemala. 

This is an ever-evolving project, based on research and field experience, which involves Latin American stingless bees' products - such as honey, propolis, cerumen.. - and corn. These items have been playing a key role in the history of man's diet and survival, and the works created out of them are based on the study of their versatility, as well as their biological and cultural importance. 

During the Congress, the first three sculptures were displayed. These represent an attempt to combine some of the above materials following different methodologies. One of the sculptures, for instance, is inspired by an old tradition of some Latin American countries, where the corncob was used as a cap for wine and vinegar bottles, instead of cork. Drawing inspiration from this technique, the corncob is used to preserve honey.

My study on the connection between bees and food started a few years ago in Australia, as I first came into contact with the world of beekeeping and the european honeybee, Apis mellifera. There, a beekeeper and I collaborated on a project where the adaptability and architectural capabilities of this kind of bee were tested, by presenting them with different kinds of bread. Later on, this experiment was recreated in Italy, as well.

My Latin American experience represents an investigation of the world of edible and biodegradable art, discovering old traditions, highlighting the local diversity across the continent, and testing their adaptability. A key point of interest of my research is being able to familiarise myself and collaborate with people from different sectors.