Saturday–Sunday 20–21 January 2018 at 11 am–4 pm

One flower, one leaf #4

Ikebana applied to urban territory. Workshop with Martina della Valle and Satoko Hatayama

A project by Martina della Valle in collaboration with Satoko Hatayama.

On January the 20th and 21st the museum will host the 4th episode of Martina della Valle’s project One flower, One leaf. The workshop will take place both days between 11 am–4 pm.

After an introduction on the origins of Ikebana (Japanese traditional form of arranging flowers), the research unfolds in the surrounding landscape, with a field trip to collect fragments of spontaneous vegetation (plants, branches, flowers, etc.). Under the direction of the Ikebana teacher, the participants will produce their own composition, which then will be photographed by Martina della Valle. In this way, the compositions created by the workshop participants becomes part ​of the artists photographic archive and art project.

The workshop will be held in English.

Free of charge (lunch not included)
Participants should bring at least one flower vase, scissors, bag for plants, warm outdoor clothing.

Register by 12 January.
(Max number of participants: 12)

Due to the holidays, the participants will receive extended practical information about the workshop around the 12 January (last day of registration).


About the art project:
The work is an ongoing photo-archive of still-life realized by the artist. The images are the result of workshops held in different cities in collaboration with an Ikebana teacher (O.f.o.l.#1 Prato, O.f.o.l.#2 Roma and O.f.o.l.#3 Bozen).

One flower, one leaf emerges from the study of the art of Ikebana, with the intention to produce a participative episode through which to research a relationship between this traditional form of arranging flowers and the investigation on spontaneous vegetation in marginal areas of contemporary urban landscape.

The photographic documentation by the artist of the flower arrangements constitutes a portrait and a map through spontaneous plants, of the specific landscape around The Nordic Watercolour Museum in the particular time of the year.

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About the artist:
Martina della Valle (b. 1981, Florence) lives and works in Florence and Berlin. She took her Photography diploma in 2003 at the European Institute of Design, Milan, and has collaborated as a photographer with international magazines, IED Milan and with the F16 Schule of Berlin. In 2007 she attended the Fondazione Ratti CSAV (Advanced Course in Visual Arts) in Como and took up a residency offered by the Dena Foundation at the Centre des Recollets in Paris. In 2009 she was invited to the Air Onomichi residence programme in Japan. In 2011 she had solo shows at the Kuhn Gallery (Berlin) and at METRONOM, and in 2012 was one of the participating artists at Madeinfilandia. In 2013 she exhibited at Galleria Artopia, Milan; Hochstrasse 45, Berlin; MIC, Faenza; MAXXI, Rome. On the occasion of Mois de la Photo 2014, she had a solo show at the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris.