if the wind blows
_IF THE WIND BLOWS ( in the history )
installation / found objects, video, collage / 2021
IF THE WIND BLOWS is an investigation into the relationship between natural phenomena
and the current society, departing from the well-known classic Japanese proverb
“if the wind blows, the barrel makers will prosper”
which means that any event can bring about an effect in an unexpected way.
The proverb describes a sort of chain reaction between events and roles as regarded in old
Japanese society, where the cause-and-effect lead to a final utilitarian outcome, the profit
gain to the barrel makers’ advantage.
In Mariko’s vision however, this proverb is a tool for highlighting the connection between
nature’s power and human sociality, as well as the way humanity interprets nature’s
influence on humans’ life, shaping its collective life accordingly, or despite of it. The
experience of the recent epidemic with its global character and upheaval, suggests that a
new openness and respect for nature’s balance are needed, as well as a realization of the
profound connection that exists between human beings and all living things.
In a dialogue with Florentine art, with a history that Mariko perceives as present and
contemporary as ever, images of the wind, from Botticelli’ breezes to a present, dragged
away by a viral wind, reach us in the first turns of a conversation Mariko invites us to.
She calls this first stage of the installation “an opportunity to think about the wind in the
absence of wind”.
Notes and hues, like gold and blue, particularly significant for Mariko, trees, symbols of
water and echoes of classical iconic presences, design a circular and articulate invitation
to confront where we come from and where we wish to go.
MAD - MURATE ART DISTRICT
The work was developed during the artist residency period at MAD - MURATE ART DISTRICT
inspired by present lives, culture and living language of Florence in what is undoubtedly a new era.
Curated and texts by Renata Summo - O'connell
The exhibition is promoted by Comune di Firenze
Organization and Coordination : Associazione Mus.e
Artistic Director : Valentina Gensini
In collaboration with Artegiro Contemporary Art, AILAE Associazione Culturale
With the grant of Fondazione CRF, Progetto Citizens
With the support of Villa Romana, Numeroventi Design Residency
Education project in collaboration with Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze
All content © Mariko Hori 2021