Reintroducing Man in Nature

In 2010 I moved to India to Mumbai with my partner and our 5 year old son.

I discovered an urban jungle of 20 million inhabitants, an extreme environment in which nature, constantly threatened by rampant urbanisation, nevertheless shows signs of remarkable resilience. With each monsoon,  facades are covered with green moss, tree roots creep into every gap and it is not uncommon for a leopard to venture into the enclosure of a residence or into a slum. The attempt to domesticate nature, even to eliminate it, seems to be constantly defeated.

Mumbai is a fascinating field of study that I travel for 6 years, surveying the permeable and ever-shifting front line in this battle between nature and urbanisation, in search of signs of battle and traces of resistance.
I translate this extreme tension into immersive and participatory works, which invite the public to enter,  participate, and to assess its role in the making of the landscape.

If  human presence is not visible in the works, it is to leave space for the viewer and allow him to immerse himself in the installations. This is an attempt to represent the territory not as a landscape that one contemplates from an external point of view but as a place with which one interacts. The environment should no longer be considered as an object of study or representation outside oneself, but as an environment of which one is a part and on which one acts.

The objective of these works is for the viewer to recognise his environment, interact with it and re-evaluate his role in its development, thus moving from the status of spectator to the role of "spectator"

© 2019 Soazic Guezennec