Patron for a Pathogen

Devotional breeze for a tree’s decease
Flypaper on devotional fans ( ventaglio devozionale ) placed in olive groves at Capo de Lupo, Salento (IT). 
The fans was made during the residency LandXcapes by BJCEM with help from local artist Antonio Chiarello.
October 2018
The fans ventaglio devozionale are cultural heritage for the Italian regions in Salento. They are pictured with saints, and used to cool down visitors at  annual religious festivals. 
The landscape of the region Salento is under change, due to the bacteria
XYLELLA FASTIDIOSA. The bacteria attacks the groves of olivetrees and is spread through the flying insect, the spittlebug. The population of the spittlebug are increasing with the increase of temperature in the climate. Olive groove owners documents intruding spittlebugs with flypaper hanging in the grooves. 

Deceased olive grove infected with XYLELLA FASTIDIOSA.

The spit bug captured on flypaper in healthy groves


Original ventaglio devozionale




Workshop with Antonio Chiarello





Flypaper on devotional fans in olive groove





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