Matteo Lucchetti, curatore del progetto
PARADOXES OF PLENTY isa series of collages that Marzia Migliora started in 2017, the title borrowed from a chapter of the book An Edible History of Humanity by English journalist Tom Standage. The author, in this book, traces a certain concept of modernity through the history of agriculture and its enslavement to the production of food as commodity: with the introduction of monoculture, intensive production, pesticides, genetically modified organisms, and anything that has allowed an alleged domination of mankind over the natural cycles of germination. Migliora has created a series of 29 collages, merging drawing techniques with the tradition of papier-collé, to narrate the contradictions experienced in the agricultural field, from a first-hand perspective of farmers, being our contemporary seasonal migrants, colonial plantation daily labourers or, rather more simply, coming from the agricultural background familiar to the artist and her family history. These juxtapositions reveal the weaving of different imaginaries, related to historical moments, different but still close to one another, as characterised by a relationship of dominion, control and human exploitation of the natural world.
Matteo Lucchetti Project Curator