Natura Colta evokes the cabinet of curiosities, considered the precursor of the museum it was mainly the pride of many a wealthy collector starting from the Renaissance. I collect objects as much as fragments of place. My humble collection of organic and man-made discards is like an unorganised library of place stories. The stories unfold through the artwork evoking a sense of place based on facts and speculation.
‘Objects are our ballast. They help to keep us grounded. They make us feel secure in our own histories. They are chosen by intuition and curated and ordered in ways that answer only to our own wandering logic.’ (Williams & Tsien 2013). Natura Colta connects unique places; it is a space for all places.
The choice of objects in the collection is unsystematic. Objects have been randomly arranged irrespective of their taxonomic qualities. The cabinet is not a container; it should not be considered a space ‘in which things are laid out, but rather the means by which the position of things becomes possible’ (Merleau-Ponty 2014). It is a connective space.
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