Sympatric Areas

    Sympatric Areas is a long-term artistic and ecological research project conceived and curated by artQ13 in collaboration with the Department of the Environment of the Latium Region, the Metropolitan City of the former Province of Rome, the American Academy in Rome, the German Academy Villa Massimo, the Romanian Academy, the local administrators of Ladispoli, Cerveteri and Santa Marinella, and the Torre Flavia and Macchiatonda Nature Reserve.[...] ...

    The project proposes as its object of investigation the Torre Flavia and Macchiatonda nature reserves that extend along the Tyrrhenian coast between Cerveteri and Ladispoli […]. The approach adopted is transdisciplinary, focused more on the commonality of content and themes than on the sharing of methodologies specific to each individual discipline. The aim of the project is the promotion of forms of cooperation and possible interactions arising from the cohabitation in “sympatria” among public administrators and representatives of institutions, scientists and researches engaged in the study of ecosystems in the territory […] and of biodiversity […], art historians and artists.

    In primis the artists, followed by the scientists, have each chosen to investigate a specific theme and problem among the many related to the complex relationship between human beings and the natural world. […] The real purpose of the project Sympatric Areas is not to organize an exhibition simply by placing artistic works in a nature reserve. Nor, certainly, is its designated task to sensitize the visiting public by offering them yet another experiential event to relieve them, if only for a few hours, of the humdrum of their daily lives (Rüdiger Safranski).

Carlo Caloro, artist, curator @ artQ13 Roma
Sympatric Areas / 2019-2021

    In its own way, artQ13’s project Sympatric Areas is embedded within the expansive theme of the artist who works in close contact with nature and who engages the creative process of the work starting from a place – in this case, the marshes of Torre Flavia (Monumento Naturale Palude di Torre Flavia) – to then return to his studio to conceive the work. ... This, in a nutshell, is the process that has characterized the construction of Sympatric Areas, a more than two-year long progression generated by Carlo Caloro’s invitation to artists and scientists with the scope, or rather the vision, of building a network of singular exchanges and juxtapositions of a certain complexity. […]

    Sympatric Areas presents itself as a composite container, an open laboratory rich in experimentation, admixtures and transdisciplinary research. With this germinal space, the artists involved […] have worked by collecting ideas and sensations departing from the particularities of the place, each allowing himself/herself to be struck in a unique way by the multiple affinities between his/her own idiom and the different facets of the Torre Flavia reserve. […]

    The fragility of the site is treated metaphorically in the works of […] Andrei Ciurdarescu through the use of a sculptural material designed to be perishable.[…] The contributing artists’ works are therefore the result of a careful analysis of the place during on-site inspections and of the artists having breathed in the surrounding atmosphere. […]
“They are therefore works not conceived as site-specific interventions in nature, and are linked to the specific site not for the dynamics of their installations but for the intrinsic relationship of inspiration” (Miwon Kwon).

Giuliana Benassi, art curator
Sympatric Areas / 2019-2021

Project details

Project Space
Rome, Italy