The orchard series // A research
The orchard series is a visual study about a place of my childhood, an orchard. It might disappear because of huge territorial mutations in the area [at the border between France and Switzerland], the possibility of a freeway directly on it. The orchard is still how it has always been, a presence of time, but the family no longer exist as such as a process of transmission. What will happen with the land, the old farms, the trees ? An intense place, full of memory but no longer a place where we really live in and clearly a place for speculation. For me beyond a personal history there, this space is about the ‘common’, it’s existence questions the world in which we want to live in.
« By ‘the common’ we mean, first of all, the common wealth of the material world – the air, the water, the fruits of the soil, and all nature’s bounty – which in classic European political texts is often claimed to be the inheritance of humanity as a whole, to be shared together. We consider the common also and more significantly those results of social production that are necessary for social interaction and further production, such as knowledges, languages, codes, informations, affects, and so forth. This notion of the common does not position humanity separate from nature, as either its exploiter or its custodian, but focuses rather on the practices of interaction, care, and cohabitation in a common world, promoting the beneficial and limiting the detrimental forms of the common. In the era of globalization, issues of the maintenance, production, and distribution of the common in both these sense and in both ecological and socioeconomic frameworks become increasingly central« . Toni Negri, Michael Hardt, Commonwealth, Preface.