Chiara Camoni

Workshop with Chiara Camoni at the Museu Etnològic i Cultures del Món (Passeig de Santa Madrona, 16) at 10:30h – 15h.

A group of people is summoned to carry out an outdoor outing to collect different organic materials: leaves, earth, flowers, branches, anything that can be useful for the creation of prints. Later, the artist folds and squeezes the silks into rolls so that the materials imprint onto the cloth correctly. We wait patiently while the participants listen to different texts. We read theory, literature or art history to discover about animals, mythology or philosophy. Understanding the power of plants implies vernacular wisdom, those words passed down from generation to generation that have fallen out of the general interest dictated by the productive economy.

Finally the silks are spread out to dry in the wind, exposed to natural light. Shapes slowly appear, suggesting creatures with floral decorations and mysterious smiles. They are alive and moving and surround you with joy. They are known as goblins, fairies or xapiris. If we think of natural things as inert or inanimate objects, we deny their ability to actively exist and interact with us. Those earth spirits claim their importance because they care for nature. The beautiful process of creating these silks and the prolonged time that leads to the appearance of these anthropomorphic beings helps us to understand new constellations.

The workshop is free of charge; if you want to participate, contact us at

Project supported by the Italian Council (11th edition, 2022), the program aimed at supporting Italian contemporary art
in the world promoted by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity within the Italian Ministry of Culture