‘The invasive garden’, by Alberto López and Manuel Prados, has been selected in the ‘Residency on Earth’ call for proposals
The Sevillian artists propose the construction of a botanical garden consisting of invasive plant species.
This residency, a result of the collaboration between the Cristina Enea Foundation and Tabakalera, will last between four and eight weeks and will take place between February and May 2018.
The project El jardín invasor (The invasive garden) by the Sevillian artists Alberto López and Manuel Prados has been selected in the Residency on Earth call from proposals launched jointly by the Cristina Enea Foundation and Tabakalera, International Centre for Contemporary Culture.
The purpose of this call for proposals is to support production processes and provide support both at the conceptual and the production level, as well as raising awareness about and encouraging a reflection on contemporary ecological problems and the construction of both the city and urban/rural areas.
Both artists will be resident in the Tabakalera creators' space for four to eight weeks, between February and May 2018.
THE INVASIVE GARDEN (PSIDIUM HORTUS)
The project proposes the construction of a botanical garden consisting of invasive plant species, based on the identification and study of species of this type naturalised in the Basque Country, with reference to their history and origin in relation to colonialism. It begins with a selection of non-native species which have now taken root in the Basque territory and which are, in most cases, considered typical of its landscape, but which originally come from parts of the world where the colonisation by the great European empires has been a powerful influence. The project is true to the romantic principles of the wild garden, a liberation from human control over the flora in favour of a natural regulation of the vegetation. It is an indomitable garden, which rebels against any form of containment.
Alberto López (Seville, 1979) is a designer, curator and visual artist who
addresses issues such as identity, politics and the environment through his work.
Since 2015 he has directed Surfari, a surf documentary film festival in Andalusia (in Conil de la Frontera) and curated the exhibition Guerra, ocupación y emergencia. Surf en las barricadas. (War, occupation and emergency. Surf in the barricades.) He is currently working on the project Andalucía Transversal, a research laboratory for the creation of a digital platform which aims to document and make information available about emerging public spaces in Andalusia.
Manuel Prados (Seville, 1981) is an artist and cultural producer. In his work he addresses fields such as archaeology, history, visual culture and music through research, audiovisual works, interventions and staged events. From 2005 to 2012 he was part of BNV Producciones, coordinating contemporary culture projects, among which the UNIA 'arteypensamiento' ('artandthinking') programme of the International University of Andalusia stands out. In 2017 he was selected by the Iniciarte programme for the presentation of his project El espejo desenterrado (The unearthed mirror). He currently co-directs the La Lavandería art space in Madrid.