Mariko HORI

_IF THE WIND BLOWS ( in the nature )   

   installation / video, soil, incense made from the river Arno / 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.

   Despite their romanticised love for the wind, human beings in the wild actually fear the
   wind, or avoid it. The incense, made with the Arno sand, water and leaves, is an offering
   to the wind, burning almost to reconcile humans with nature, to help us rethink how to
   exists with it.

_IF THE WIND BLOWS ( honey will be Florence's souvenior )  

   installation / found objects, winds / 2021

   Small things set in motion an effective transformation process more than large ones.

   About sounds, and future, the precious souvenir of Florence is the honey from rare bees:
   the voice of Nadia, a young Florentine/Yemenite woman, reads the story that Mariko has
   created joining many pieces of different stories she has received from the participants,
   where if the wind blows, honey will be Florence’s most precious souvenir.

_( what is your story ) IF THE WIND BLOWS  

   installation / found objects, paper, winds / 2021

  The stories contributed by the participants are part of this installation, which is open also
  to all visitors, for them to complete it.

  Some stones are left for the new stories to be placed under, visitors can write their story
  on the paper sheets left there, available to all.


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