Seed to Seed has finally come to an end after 2 year, 2 separated trips to India a lot of support from Arts Council England and other people and organisations I worked with including Navdanya in India, Flow Associates, Fabrica Gallery, ONCA Gallery and The Millennium Seed Bank in the UK and also Becky Edmunds, Wendy Pye and Tim Brown who were always there to help with questions, doubts and teething problems along the way.
I was able to produce a really satisfying exhibition where all the work finally came together. The AMI piece was projected onto a purpose build screen two meters wide at the center of ONCA Gallery, whilst I opted to produce a lightbox which contained all of the prints I initially thought I would print and frame separately. I enjoyed working with seeds, seedlings and plants grown from the materials I brought back from India. I strongly feel this brought all the ideas of belonging and Indian communities together and worked as a strong metaphor which explained the idea of different communities developing differently in different environments.
A part from the artifacts and objects, I was ecstatic to have had the possibility to work with people and to have been able to create work with them. I worked with families and individuals in the UK and in India to talk and discuss their ideas of belonging to a place, to a community or to a family and how this informs their identity in different ways.
I hope to continue working in this direction and to produce more similar work. In the meantime I am submitting the AMI piece to as many Film Festivals as possible to get the piece the most visability possible.
Thank you all for participating.
Below is some feedback from people who saw the exhibition.
”Enjoyed the exhibition the conversation with the artist. Seeds are an apt metaphor for identity and beautifully realised in this installation.
“Very interesting, inspiring and moving – made me think about my roots – and Seedy Sunday”
“What an exquisite representation! I’ve a family link to India and to farming; as well as a keen interest in gardening. Video link please!”
“Good to know we are all seeing our “belonging” in land, Earth. Great Chat”
“Really interesting and thought provoking. I will now go to sit beneath a tree to consider my own feelings of belonging. Integrating nature’s journey to flourish outdoor with our cultural life.”
“Be good to hear about more exhibitions”; “very interesting and inspiring!” and “Very inspirational work”
“I really liked your film- beautifully filmed and put together very thoughtfully.
I’m so glad I dropped in when I did. It was a privilege to be able to sing to the seeds.
The seeds you gave me are doing well (lentil and papaya) and they remind me of your work. I hope I can do something in my small way to keep seeds and local plants in my garden using permaculture and organic methods.” Jenny
“Thanks very much, Lorenza. I really love your sessions and will always come along if I can. I well remember the very first one I attended, when we exchanged conversation with your parents and friends in Italy – very groundbreaking, and thoroughly enjoyable, whilst including a serious interest in older people!” Valerie