Artist and writer Chips Mackinolty celebrates the natural and cultural wealth of Sicilian horticulture through a new series of digital prints.
Based in Vucciria, near the oldest market in the historic centre of Palermo in Sicily, Mackinolty set about depicting the new seasons fruit and vegetables as they appeared in produce stalls in the market square.
“As we face the potential disintegration of massive carbon intensive food distribution networks and the ravages of climate change, it is likely that all of us will have to think about locally grown foods and the ways they get to the kitchen or restaurant table.” Chips Mackinolty, 2016.
The images represent centuries of agricultural practice and cuisine which are fundamental to the cultural identity of Sicily and beyond.
The Wealth of the Land is an antidote to the sterile mass economy of the supermarket; it pays homage to the men and women who make a living from the soil, a reminder of things past and pointer to a good-natured and sustainable future. Above all they are images of luscious beauty and charm, reminding us of real natural wealth, the good food that emanates from the land.
Until 18 June 2016 (on now in Sydney).
TOURING VENUES AND DATES – Italy & Australian.
Liber-Alab 1-15 aprile 2016, via Grande Lattarini, 14 – Palermo, Sicilia.
Nomad Art Gallery 5-28 May 2016, 1/3 Vickers Street, Parap (Darwin), Northern Territory.
The Cross Art Projects 14 May-26 June 2016, 8 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross, NSW.
Rathdowne Galleries & The Joshua McClelland Print Room 22 June-22 July 2016, 310 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North, Victoria.