The third step of Journey into Fragility: Madagascar

The third stage of the journey will take place in Madagascar from 20th to 30th April 2012. There, Rebecca will reflect on the Manifesto’s sixth thesis – that the interruption of natural equilibrium is a problem which doesn’t only concern nature, but also involves mankind – and will create a photographic work to document one of our planet’s richest and most threatened ecosystems.

In fact, thanks to its isolation from the rest of the world, Madagascar has retained great biodiversity, and a large number of endemic species: more than 200,000 known species have been found in Madagascar, of which 150,000 do not exist in any other part of the world. In spite of this, its ecosystem is one of the most at risk on the planet: the area of felled forest is greater than 80% of the total area, half of which has occurred since 1950. Rebecca’s work will follow an itinerary which will allow her to reach and document three parks: Ranomafana National Park – a fluvial forest in the centre of the country; Isalo National Park, featuring great rock formations and situated in the central-south, and Zombitse-Vohibasia Park, a tropical forest that is home to many species of rare and indigenous birds. During this stage of her journey, Rebecca will work with the local humanitarian association Un seme per Crescere.

Journey into Fragility is an itinerant project conceived by the artist Maria Rebecca Ballestra , and inspired by the “Carta di Arenzano per la Terra e per l’Uomo – the “Arenzano Manifesto for the Earth and the Human Being” conceived and created by Massimo Morasso. The Manifesto’s twelve theses have inspired twelve different projects in as many countries around the world (February 2012 – January 2013), with the aim of developing an active dialogue on the environment and on the value of life on Earth.