Images of the constricted forest, the red soil, waste piling up, a desolate landscape, and a flickering message on a sign suspended above the area, announcing “Bom Futuro” – Bright Future!
The Terminal La borne is a device that roams throughout the Centre-Val de Loire region, designed by Le Pays où le ciel est toujours bleu. It is now installed in the Turbulences courtyard for two exhibitions! For the first of these, artist Florian Viel appropriates this urban furniture and presents Bom Futuro.
I like to describe my work as confronting a Western vision with the tropical world. However, in their frenetic pace towards development, partly due to globalisation, many tropical countries sometimes adopt behaviours that we so-called ‘right-minded’ Westerners are currently revising. We are once again trying to analyse the ancestral traditions of management of the biotope in the hopes of a return to our origins and preservation of the environment, which is so crucial to our survival and that we have seriously started to endanger. So, while protected natural zones were created in the 1980s in the Brazilian Amazonian forest, these areas are now dangerously dwindling, due to blind deforestation led by unscrupulous governments.
One zone in particular interests me for the irony of its progressive disappearance. It is called ‘Bom Futuro’ – Bright Future. While we’d hoped, in 1988, to preserve 280 000 hectares as part of a protection plan of 25% of the Amazonian forest, only a quarter of this surface covered in vegetation remains thirty years later. The forest has made way for land, where concentrations of cattle graze and where Rio Pardo now lies, the city on the Black River.
The exhibition thus suggests becoming aware of environmental emergencies through the creation of a dystopian diorama that is nevertheless based on the reality of a place on earth. Images of the constricted forest, the red soil, waste piling up, a desolate landscape, and a flickering message on a sign suspended above the area, announcing “Bom Futuro” – Bright Future!
Exhibition postponed during summer 2021
La borne at the Turbulences
Free entrance from wednesday to sunday from 2pm to 7pm