AN INVESTIGATION OF THE LAWS OBSERVABLE IN THE COMPOSITION, DISSOLUTION, AND RESTORATION OF LAND
The work is an analysis developed through geological evidence, photographic experimentation and analogue modelling of the intricate and complex elements that characterise the land we live upon. Barile creates a wide array of imagery, that when condensed, unravel a panorama through which we can attempt a meticulous “reading” of the landscape and its history. The task of reading through images entails the consideration of the complexity generated by the occurrence of natural processes over the course of the 4.5 billion years of history, during which the land, compressed, eroded and melted, generates the perceived and illusory stillness of the landscape we experience.
The project aims to dialogue with the history of our planet, going beyond human existence by paying homage to the brilliance of people, who through science, create order out of disorder by making unprecedented connections between disparate elements and therefore opening new perspectives in the field of human knowledge.
Today, geologists and climatologists have come to the conclusion that we have ushered and live in a new geological era, the Anthropocene, in which for the first time, living creatures – humans in the forefront – can conscientiously impact the current geological condition on a global scale, acting on the heritage that will be left to the next generations for thousands of years.
Fabio Barile’s latest body of work draws its research material from James Hutton’s seminal book ‘Theory of the Earth; or an Investigation of the Laws observable in the Composition, Dissolution, and Restoration of Land upon the Globe’, and photographic works such as Timothy O’Sullivan’s ‘Geological survey of the 40th parallel’, Berenice Abbott’s ‘Documenting science’ and the Gaetano Ponte Archive.
Fabio Barile (born 1980 in Barletta, Italy) is represented by Matèria Gallery in Rome.
Image courtesy of the artist and Matèria Gallery in Rome.