Martina Dal Brollo (Trento, Italy 1990) graduated in 2020 from the Frank Mohr Institute with a Master degree in MADtech: Media, Art, Design and Technology.
Five days of walking on the Pieterpad route that involved almost 100 people on a trash-picking expedition. A collective action through the landscape of the Groningen province which is a collage of stories, places and garbage. By selecting part of the 87 kg of the collected material, the artist creates a light installation that is a collection of fragments. A homage to the “Stille Krachten”, the walkers who followed her on her pilgrimage. The plastics collected become the material used by the artist to interpret the journey’s experience. Sedimented in the ground but never digested by the environment, the plastic also layers in this work constituting a new, unexpected landscape. The public is invited to look through the three rotating objects placed in front of the installation; to touch them and turn them. The filters placed inside them reveal the imperfections of a material rippled by time. They transform folds and cracks into inlets, traces and paths that reminds of an Anthropogenic landscape. Inner landscape.
Description of the work on climate change
During my time in the Frank Mohr Institut I started to take an interest in environmental pollution, landscape and plastic waste. Urban walking and garbage collections have been serving me as “investigational tools”. Walking is also a symbolic element that I used to reconnect with my personal story and the idea of Nomadic Art. I find that art today, as a reflection of contemporary society, is a process less and less linked to a sedentary approach and more and more connected to movement. If I had to define my research with only four words I would use: Walking, Collecting, Waste and Memory.