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Exhibition of works by Giorgia Severi and Diego Bonetto

The project stems from a collaboration between artists Giorgia Severi and Diego Bonetto following a cultural exchange at 26punto80, Italy, and Sydney's Big Fag Press. Introduction by Dr Daniel Ramp, conservation biologist and Director of the Centre for Compassionate Conservation at the University of Technology of Sydney.

Orme Ecologiche – Ecological Footsteps reflects on a migrant and globalised landscape presenting chalcographic prints of cosmopolitan species living in both Italy and Australia.

bursa pastoris severi bonetto2The works depict the landscapes where the plants were collected proving their presence in both continents. The prints pay testimony to a globalised and colonised landscape, reflecting on the botanical reality of the anthropocene. The selected species are medicinal and/or edible, used through out the worlds in traditional medicine practices, folk recipes and remedies.

The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility in Sydney. The BFP was awarded a Marketing Grant by NAVA in 2007, and launched to the general public in May 2008. Since then the BFP was invited in OffSet, a curated show part of ArtBasel41, co-produced Green Bans Art Walk,  a series of events and walking tours exploring the legacy of green bans in Sydney, and hosted a series of supported studio residencies for artists with disabilities. The prints produced on the BFP have twice won the emeritus Freemantle Print Art Award in the past five years. The BFP is currently housed in Glebe thanks to a Supported Accommodation Grant from the City of Sydney.

Giorgia Severi is an Italian multimedia artist passionate about landscape, anthropic action and the relationship between human beings and the environment. Her artistic practice includes installations, sculptures and drawings or paintings as well as performance. She studied restoration of ancient mosaics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ravenna, Italy. Giorgia Severi works on international projects collaborating with different artists for video and sound installations in site specific projects and workshops. Her last important exhibitions were:

  • Beyond Landscape, Galleria Renata Fabbri, Milano
  • MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome MAXXI Temporary School
  • Curate it Yourself 2015, Paris
  • 56 Biennale Venezia 2015, Country Pavillon Collateral Event
  • Nowhere Landscapes Malatestiana National Library, 2016 Italy
  • Artefiera International Contemporary Art Fair 2015-16- Marcolini Gallery
  • Restoring the World, NiArt Gallery 2015, LaParCo Foundation 2014, Italy
  • Solo exhibitions / Jaipur University and Sukriti Studio India 2013
  • DC Dolomiti Contemporanee Artist in Residence 2012 

Diego Bonetto is an Italian artist, father, forager, speaker, keen naturalist and award winning cultural worker based in Sydney, who since 2002, has been working as a multimedia practitioner and cultural engagement practitioner, and is key member of artists’ collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. Diego id dedicated to enabling convivial conversations around belonging, sustainability and agency. Through environmental art campaings such as WeedyConnection, Wild Stories and Wild Food Map he has shared insights into edible and medicinal wild plants in Australia, and fostered culturally aware interpretations of landscape. Bonetto regularly conducts workshops, foraging tours and performances to reframe environmental identity and stewardship, and collaborates extensively with chefs, dancers, media art practitioners, craft workers, herbalists, brewers, educators, landowners and elders of many ethnicities. Exhibitions and commissions have included Foodfight (a C3West commission in partnership with the MCA and Liverpool Council, Sydney, 2016) Wild Stories (solo show, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, 2012), The Rocks Windmill, Sydney (2013, workshops and public sculpture), Time_Place_Space: Nomad (2014, Performance Space Sydney/ArtsHouse Melbourne) and State of the Arts (group exhibition, Italian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2011).

“Giorgia Severi’s perspective could be considered as “ethics of responsibility”. Responsibility as the utmost important action to be carried out by human beings with the aim of providing themselves a healthy and unspoiled environment, which shall not be exploited, depleted or permanently devastated. Giorgia Severi’s artistic research is the result of a deep feeling focusing on this sense of belonging together. Art becomes thus a means of carrying out cultural and social actions, a means of denunciation in order to raise social awareness of the relationship between humans and Earth.” (Andrea Lerda, Platform Green)


Opening of the exhibition (in the presence of the artists):

Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Thursday, 10 November 2016, at 6:00pm

Limited seats. Bookings essential:


Duration of the exhibition: 10 November to 2 December 2016

Opening time: 9.30am-5.30pm (Mon-Thu) – 9.30am-1.00pm (Fri)


Date: Da Thursday, November 10, 2016 a Friday, December 02, 2016

Time: At 6:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Big Fag Press

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Sydney