RADICO ERGO SUM
The Museomontagna is devoting a special project to Tiziano Fratus and his figure as a “tree seeker” within the framework of the Tree Time exhibition. Held in the Museum’s cinema, it brings together some of the most fascinating photographs taken by the Italian poet of the “silent giants” that inhabit Earth.
The pictures on display were taken between 2009 and 2018 during walks through ancient woods, encounters with age-old trees and his meditations in “nature’s cathedrals” the world over.
The photos in the exhibition capture details and visions spanning natural locations in Italy, California and Japan, and feature three distinct focuses: bark and roots, philosophical forests, Dino Buzzati was here (taken in the Lerosa Forest in the Dolomites near Cortina d’Ampezzo).
They comprise details of bark, fallen, destroyed and eroded trees, woods of triumphal conifers, imposing and solitary figures and majestic creatures with a melancholic spirit. From the silence of the b/w shots emerge pictures of a single vast forest the size of the world.
Tiziano Fratus employs photography not as an artistic medium but as a tool with which to recreate our vision of the world and our relationship with these silent brothers. His way of being and writing, and his intimate and symbiotic relationship with trees condense the experiences of writers and figures, from the past to the present day. From Henry Thoreau to Hermann Hesse, Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò – the protagonist of Italo Calvino’s The Baron in the Trees – and Elzéard Bouffier, the man who planted trees in Jean Giono’s short story; from the pioneers John Muir and Galen Clark to the poets of our times Les Murray and W.S. Merwin.
Radico Ergo Sum expands on the message of caring for trees that the Tree Time exhibition explores. Tiziano Fratus’ pictures prompt us to slow down our daily haste, look at the surrounding landscape with different eyes and sensitivity, and rethink the human/nature relationship – in a direct quote from the author, seeing “the sun that nobody sees”.
The photographs on show are not simply a narration of vegetal forms but an opportunity to speak to the soul of the viewer and introduce a new practice that Fratus has called “dendro- sophy”. The message emerging from Fratus’ books, poems and spiritual research is that of a new route to pursue along the path to our rebirth as “rootmen”. On this stroll through the trees, we can enjoy their soothing power, their miraculous silence and their maternal gaze.
Tiziano Fratus (Bergamo, 1975) has traveled through the forests of California and the Alps where he perfected the concept of Homo Radix, a practice of meditation in nature and the discipline of Dendrosofia. Over two decades he has published a substantial editorial constellation, both with major Italian publishers and with independent labels. Among his most popular titles: Jonah of the redwoods, Manual of the perfect tree hunter, Italy is a forest, The book of sculpted forests, Every tree is a poet, The sun that no one sees, Waldo Basilius, The silent giants, A notebook of roots, The forest is a world, The whisper of the trees, Interrestràre. His poetic work is collected in Poesie creaturali and has been translated into ten languages.
He has held several personal photographic exhibitions, recently illustrated in the cahier Arborgrammaticus. She collaborates with the daily newspaper “Il Manifesto” and hosts the program Nova Silva Philosophica on Radio Francigena. He lives in the Piedmont countryside, where the constancy of the plains ends and the roots of the mountains unfold.