Le Tiers-Paysage – fragment indécidé du Jardin Planétaire – désigne la somme des espaces où l’homme abandonne l’évolution du paysage à la seule nature.
– Gilles Clément
Growth is a research project developed both in the form of the essay and in the form of a photographic series. This work concerns the relationship between Nature and abandoned industrial areas. There the border which separates the natural and the artificial becomes permeable and undecided.
This work comes up from the observation of several urban spaces in Genoa, Italy: Its history has been characterized by heavy industrialization in the Fifties followed, forty years later, by a sudden reorganization of the economic activities which left many areas neglected and spoiled. Nevertheless the exploitation of the natural territory and its neglect created liminal spaces within which Nature can regenerate: The growth of plants and weeds build another form of landscape, called by Gilles Clément ‘Third Landscape’. Nature is here intended as a female entity, in order to make a stand against the predominant male (intended not as biological gender) gaze on landscape which is unable to disclose the varying degrees of complexity of the Third Landscape.
The photographs of the series Growth aspire to highlight the different ways Nature regains her space and amalgamates with the built-up space in the form of the Third Landscape.
C-type prints mounted on aluminium, 60 x 67,5 cm