Photo by Virginie Sansovini
Installation by Guillaume André (France)
presented on 30 June 2018 at Saint-Vit (France)
Without a doubt, we never see what we already know how to identify. All knowledge is a confirmation of a world partitioned in advance in our language. If the Samis or Inuits see thirty forms of snow, it is also because they have thirty words with which to identify them when they are born. “WOOD”, like illustrations of old dictionaries for children that associate a word and a thing. Except that the work by graphic designer and artist Guillaume André is attached to the thing itself, not to its photographic or drawn representation. This strange occurrence in this outdoor context reminds us that nothing is natural in our forests, so distant from their primal ancestors. Our woods are human constructions, the results of a culture which makes them as much for the exploitation of the wood as for walking. When we pass through a mossy path, it is first and foremost a discourse we are passing through, consciously or not.