Silent Noon

AMALIA FONFARA

Silent Noon 

2019, Installation/ performance.



“Neath billowing skies that scatter and amass.

All round our nest, far as the eye can pass,

Are golden kingcup-fields with silver edge where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn-hedge. 'Tis visible silence, still as the hour-glass'. 

                                                                                            -Dante Gabriel Rossetti, (1828-1882)




Silent Noon is a performative work created by artists Amalia Fonfara and Hannah Mjølsness /Nine Herbs Charm (NO/US). The work consists of a performative installation that gives room for a sensual and animistic relationship with a native plant Wild Chervil (Anthriscus Sylvestris) from the local landscape in Norway. Based on tea ceremonies from different cultures and shamanic techniques, the artists explore how we can get in touch with the plant. The work seeks to enable a meeting between visitors and the plant creating an experience with the plant that exceeds linguistic communication.
The artists give performative servings of the plant Wild Chervil as tea, in an installation consisting of materials that reflect the plant's properties. Wild Chervil is historically an old medicine native plant that is growing throughout Norway and much of Europe. Today Wild Chervil is most commonly considered as a weed.

 

Performance av Silent Noon under eventet Kunsthall Offline Body vs.Tech i utstillingen av Marte Ass ”Franscine (was a machine)”, Kunsthall Trondheim, d.23. 2. 2019, Foto: Kunsthall Trondheim.

Installationsview Silent Noon, Lademoen Kunstner Verksteder 2019 , Foto: Amalia Fonfara

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