ANETTA MONA CHISA: DELTAWORKERS, NEW ORLEANS

Deltaworkers, founded by Joris Lindhout and Maaike Gouwenberg, is a residency program based both in New Orleans and in Rotterdam, both cities being located in a river delta - which gives the name to the program. Artist Anetta Mona Chisa undertook a 4-week residency in New Orleans, a city where historical, cultural and political events and environment all mingle together. The latter in particular, environment, plays a pivotal role in the devolepment of the city, in that it both takes it over and, in turn, it's being colonised by it too.
Thus, the dichotomy between human reality and sheer force of nature - and their mutual relationship - have been challenging topics of interest for the artist. In particular, they has pushed her to investigate on human engagement with flora, namely on how people linguistically classify local plants according to their anthropocentric needs.
In order to do so, Deltaworkers has provided her with all necessary support and information (archives, libraries, etc.) and acquainted her with botanists and artists who dealt with landscape and nature. Moreover, she has been taken to visit A Studio in the Woods, a Barbizon-like artist retreat near New Orleans, whose aim is to preserve the Missisippi River bottomland forest along with giving artists a den in the middle of nature. Her research was all the more proficuous also thanks to the vibrant ambiance of the 4th edition of Prospect New Orleans, which gave her the chance to assist the events of "The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp". Heartened by all the data, reference images and ideas she has received by the residency, she is now ready to use them for a broader project in her studio in Prague.

Anetta Mona Chisa, Subtropical Gothic Herbarium, 2017
Anetta Mona Chisa, Subtropical Gothic Herbarium, 2017
Anetta Mona Chisa, Subtropical Gothic Herbarium, 2017
Anetta Mona Chisa, Subtropical Gothic Herbarium, 2017