Salvatore Arancio - The Arrival

Still from looped video with sound, 5 minutes 57 seconds, 2014. Courtesy the artist.

Salvatore Arancio - The Arrival

Still from looped video with sound, 5 minutes 57 seconds, 2014. Courtesy the artist.

Salvatore Arancio - The Arrival

Still from looped video with sound, 5 minutes 57 seconds, 2014. Courtesy the artist.

The Arrival

Looped video with sound

The Super8 film was shot in the Garden of Tropical Agriculture in Nogent-Sur-Marne, east of Paris. Created in 1899 to study plants brought in from various French colonies, the exotic flora was then dispatched across the world to other territories, thereby subtly influencing other landscapes.

Today, some of the original ‘villages’ built to offer a glimpse into life in faraway places such as Indochina or Africa are still in place, but the main site has been abandoned for decades. Collapsed buildings have fallen prey to the wildly overgrown exotic flora that was ‘liberated’ in the decaying process.

Arancio filmed this dystopian landscape, subtly interweaving the overgrown plants and uncanny pieces of architecture. In this new apocalyptic landscape the time-space dimension has clearly ceased to exist - if it was ever there at all. The Garden was built as an illustration of a world order that has now completely collapsed, colonialism; what is to say that another superior order couldn’t impose itself at any time? Arancio, literally leaves that door open…

Salvatore Arancio

Salvatore Arancio’s main interest lies in the potential of images. Departing from their literal meaning, he creates new juxtapositions that are both beautifully evocative and deeply disquieting.

Working across a range of media such as photo-etchings, collage, animation and video, he looks to nature and science for his sources of inspiration, while unsettling any hint of the sublime by reframing the images and the viewer’s experience. His constructed landscapes contain a sense of both the familiar and the unknown that enhances their symbolic readings and implications.

Born in 1974 in Catania (Italy), Salvatore Arancio graduated with an MA Fine Arts Photography from the Royal College of Art (UK). He grew up in Sicily and has been living and working in London for many years. Solo and group exhibitions include: Where there is Sea There are Pirates, 3 137, Exarcheia, Athens, Greece (2016); The Water They Dwell In, Quartz Studio, Turin, Italy (2016); Oh Mexico! Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (2016); …and the soft ground in the garden was also a constellation…, Lychee One Gallery, London, UK (2015); Salvatore Arancio, Francesco Ardini, Svenja Deininger, Jay Heikes, Mimi Lauter, Kathik Pandin, Andrea Sala, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome (2015); The London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2015); Fashioned to a Device Behind a Tree, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (installation and performance), (2015); Une Taxonomie des Sens et des Formes, Centre d’art contemporain La Halle des bouchers, Vienne, France (2015); Project 09, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK (2015); The

London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2015); TAVERNA - Siamo Aperti, Icastica 2015, Palazzo Fraternita dei Laici, Arezzo, Italy (curated by Ilaria Gianni) (2015); Inner Landscapes Of Time, Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (curated by Frank Ammerlaan, Elsa Coustou and Ned McConnell) (2015).

www.salvatorearancio.com