We left the famous French artist JR in Cuba, with the work “Giants, peeking at the city” on the occasion of the Havana Biennial, but this time we find him in Italy with the Italian director and screenwriter Alice Rohrwacher. The first images of the project appeared on Instagram; it is the short film An agricultural prayer that thanks the class of farmers:
“For all those who through the centuries have protected springs and forests to leave our children a planet as fertile as they found it”.
In the most recent post it is possible to read the integral prayer:
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An agricultural prayer (a short film to come in collaboration with Alice Rohrwacher) (making of the film on the highlighted stories) For the small peasants, who have kept us alive for thousands of years. For all those who through the centuries have protected springs and forests to leave our children a planet as fertile as they found it. Let us pray. For all those peasants without a name who have preserved seeds and guarded their know-how and given it – not sold it – to the future generations. For all those peasants who have protected and delivered us the greatest wealth there is: biodiversity. Let us pray. For the unknown person who planted the hedges to live together with animals and insects, who planted trees to give shade and relief to flocks and shepherds. For all those who didn’t poison what feeds us. Let us pray. For all those peasants who suffered misery and poverty but offered the world beauties and marvels and landscapes. For this moving testimony whereby human beings can live in harmony with nature, not geared toward profit and without destroying all ressources. For all those peasants who have been exploited and humiliated by the landlords of all the times. Let us pray.
On the profile there is also another post, which takes up a beautiful quotation dated 1962 by the great Pier Paolo Pasolini:
“When the classical world is exhausted, when all the farmers and all the artisans have died, when there are no more fireflies, bees,
butterflies,when industryhas made the cycle of production unstoppable, then our history will be over”.
JR and Alice Rohrwacher have already developed work on farmers and on the world of the countryside: through this collaboration both are ready to give life to a work that celebrates a world that needs to survive, at least through art.