Ikebana workshop with Martina della Valle"one flower, one leaf #2" atMAXXI, Rome, Italy. All materials are picked on the riverside nearby the museum.
" The idea of the workshop starts from Martina della Valle with the aim to connect the traditional Japanese art of Ikebana (the art of arranging flowers) with a site-specific observation of the contemporary urban landscape. Analysing the founding concepts of the research of della Valle (in particular of “Wabi-Sabi”), themes such as the study of marginal and refusal areas on the landscape, the traces of the human intervention on the urban vegetation, the value of the concept of time and emptiness and the capacity of Ikebana (as also of the photographic medium) to exalt through a process of de-contextualization. After a brief introduction about origins and principles of the art of Ikebana, the research takes place on the surrounding vegetal landscape, walking to select the vegetal spontaneous materials (plants, flowers, brunches..). After that, guided by the ikebana teacher, the participants will create their own Ikebana arrangement. The photographic documentation of the resulting creations, will build up an ideal portrait of the natural native landscape mapping the specific working area." — one flower, one leaf from the website of Martina della Valle
Location: MAXXI, Rome, Italy. Photo by Martina della Valle