Cura, 2019 – ongoing
Action, first performed by the artist in Mexico city, Mexico, 2019
Video documentation: Full HD video with sound, 5'16''
Cura is an action in public space that can be performed by anyone following the instructions.
–Spot an urban area with dirty plants, preferably some hard to access plants that don’t even get rain water, like under urban freeways.
–Take a water bucket, a cloth and a water sprinkler.
–Cleanse the plants with care, leaf by leaf.
–Adjust the gestures to fit each plant's features.
–Clean the plants as long as one possibly can, as many as one possibly can in one day.
–When hungry or tired, go home.
Cura is a further subsistence of Adrien Missika’s «vegetation Agapé» series. In this work one can see the artist himself offering spa treatment to the plants that fill in the lost spaces caused by the megapolis urban planning. Sad and depressed, those plants feel estranged and neglected from life.
Walking next to the highways in the city surrounded by gigantic architecture, Missika is cleaning the plants with a cloth and half filled water bucket. The action suggests a different interpretation that is inaccessible to metaphor or animism. Instead of accepting the reality that precedes life, Cura proposes consciousness – taking care of the universe.
Performed with a romantic approach and thus gaining a poetic value, Cura is the gesture of caring that denies anthropocentric beliefs. Unlike traditional techniques used for painting, the action of cleaning the dust reflects the opposite: applying a colour by removing a layer.