Rachel Bacon

What Do Landscapes Say? 2020

What Do Landscapes Say?  2020,

12 drawings hung on a free standing wooden panel, wallpapered with a digital print, 203 x 405 cm; drawings graphite on paper on foil, each 47 x 83 cm.


Digital print depicts the open pit diamond mine in Mirny, Siberia, image courtesy of Ilya Varlamov, licensed through Creative Commons. This work was part of the group show What Do Landscapes Say? at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from September 7th – November 15th, 2020. The exhibition was the result of a year-long multidisciplinary research project on landscape narratives in Russia.


Made possible by Crea­tive Industries Fund NL, Mondriaan Fund and Stroom Den Haag.


Photos: Jhoeko

What Do Landscapes Say? detail


The collective What Do Landscapes Say?, 9 artists and makers based in Russia and the Netherlands with backgrounds in architecture, visual and sound art, writing, urbanism and graphic design, sought out encounters with places both in Russia and the Netherlands. Rich in boundless stretches of land, Russia’s landscape may on the surface look nothing like that of the Netherlands, where every inch of the environment is optimized. Yet individual stories can uncover those areas where utilitarian approaches to these vastly different landscapes share a common ground. The project’s aim was to create alternatives to established landscape narratives and initiate more intimate dialogues with landscapes by using local contexts as starting points.

What Do Landscapes Say?

What Do Landscapes Say? overview exhibition Het Nieuwe Instituut