MI-CHEMIN, 2022 – Ongoing. “All life is semiotic and all semiosis is alive. In important ways, then, life an thought are one and the same: life thinks; thoughts are alive.” …… “ Thanks to this living semiotic dynamic, meaning is a constitutive feature of the world and not just something we humans impose on it.” Eduardo Kohn in “How forests think. Towards an anthropology beyond the human.” I have moved with my family to a small village in the Aveyron Valley, south-west of France. In our house I found an old wooden table and a cotton cloth that became my studio. In the barn, digging in the garden or in abandon farms around us I can find a multitude of objects and tools. I accepted them as gifts or clues that now help me navigate a personal journey of reconnection with the land. Our house is immersed in a geography formed by an accumulation of gestures that go back to immemorial time. The river valley, fossils in the earth, caves and rock formations speak of deep geological time and the Earths history. The fields, the ruins, the machines, the objects I found, the medieval architecture of the villages, the cave drawings and archeological sites speak of human presence that go back to an estimated 175.000 years. I find my self in this beautiful landscape at a time of global environmental collapse and deep uncertainty. I fill torn and anxious by the full realization that a lot has already been lost, that time is short and that the future holds no guarantees. We are all living in this in-between space, in-between time, searching for ways to reimagine our connection with our bodies and the world around us. I am guided by feeling, touch, myth, fiction and dreams. I search for meaning that emerges from the living world, the land and the objects that surround us here. I want to listen, I want to learn, to inhabit this space of unknown and discomfort where boundaries are blurred. I am looking for bridges, imaginative forces that can lead me in the dark.
b. 1979, São Paulo, Brazil Felipe Russo is a photographer and educator born in, São Paulo, Brazil currently living in France. Russo has a degree in Biology with a major in Landscape Ecology and Conservation. In 2014 he graduated from the limited residency MFA in Photography at the Hartford Art School. For over twelve years Russo worked within cities with an interest on daily objects and architecture exploring the overlap of history, social use and personal memory found in the cities physical structures. His first independent publication Centro was nominated as one of the best photo books of 2014 by Time Magazine. Centro was part of exhibitions in São Paulo, Mumbai, Montevideo, Madrid and Buenos Aires. His body of work Garagem Automatica was presented as a solo exhibition at Casa da Imagem – Museu da Cidade de São Paulo and was part of “Antilogias: o fotográfico no acervo da Pinacoteca de São Paulo” at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, and TimeSpaceExistence at the Venice Architectural Bienalle in 2018. Garagem Automática was published as a book in 2019 by Bandini Books in France. After tree years in Paris teaching the MFA in Paris College of Art, Felipe is living in a small village in Occitanie, France working at Atelier Talweg a shared studio and art residence space created with his wife a ceramist and bread maker. His works are in public and private collections such as the Museum of the City of São Paulo, Brazil and Maison Européenne de La Photography, France.