Gola Hundun: Plant intelligence as art
Inspired by recent research on plant intelligence, with the book ‘Verde Brillante’ (Brilliant Green) by Stefano Mancuso (watch his TED talk) and Alessandra Viola as starting point, artist Gola Hundun highlights the fascinating structures and unexpected connections existing in nature in his solo show ‘Intelligenza Vegetale’, hosted by Portanova12 gallery in Bologna, Italy earlier in 2016.
Despite popular belief regarding the abilities and functions of plants, “in the last several decades science has been showing that plants are endowed with feeling, weave complex social relations and can communicate with themselves and with animals,” write Mancuso and Viola, quoted by The Guardian. Mancuso also believes that “intelligence is the ability to solve problems”, as he explains in The New Yorker, and argues that plants are less vulnerable than men: “If we were to vanish tomorrow, the plants would be fine, but if the plants vanished…”
Gola Hundun brings the scientific debate and Mancuso’s findings from the lab in his studio and exhibition, where he creates a visual metaphor revealing a different evolution of the species, unknown by now. The plants become creators of life, not just satisfying certain needs for their fellow animal and human beings, but communicating with and within the environment, shaping the world in a process of communion and shared consciousness.
About the artist
Born in Cesena in 1982, Gola Hundun currently lives and works in Barcelona. His work explores the relationship between the human being and the rest of the biosphere dealing with themes like symbiosis, biology, the return to the earth, energy and mysticism through sensations and chromatic balance.
The artist takes us into an intricate visionary composition, with elements coming from the natural kingdom. As shown in our previous feature, besides his drawings and paintings, the works in public spaces include installations made up of natural materials, clothes, plants, lights and live performances.
Images courtesy of Gola Hundun.