Toca do Coelho : a collective bringing together art and agriculture in Algarve, Portugal

illustrations: Elizabeth Fleur Willis

Toca do Coelho is a permaculture farm and creative hub developed by the Konijn collective - a group of artists and performers from the Netherlands with a long history of organizing cultural events. Konjin set up a base in the hills of Algarve, near Alferce, a region that is environmentally degraded due to intensive land use and drought. Here, they fixed up a house, designed a permaculture garden, and built their own irrigation systems. With healthy soil and a diversity of crops, Toca do Coelho contributes to creating a more resilient ecosystem. We spoke to the collective about the vision and ideas that drive this inspiring project.

Designing a sustainable future

by Maela Ohana

Permaculture and Conscious Living at CLOAAT, India


illustrations: Benjamin Eagle

An interview with Patrick Roberts, founder of the Hemp Co-Op “Hempen”

Blending beauty into the icebergs

by Leah Abraham · illustrations: Zaria Forman

An interview with environmentalist painter Zaria Forman

Take it to the streets

by Niels Carlyle

NEVERCREW’s large scale murals highlight the effect of humans on the natural world

Underwater sculptures

by Joana Sequeira

An interview with Jason deCaires Taylor

A delicate balance

by Victoria Fuller · illustrations: Victoria Fuller

Can systems of man and nature co-exist ?

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by Aloha Bonser Shaw · illustrations: Aloha Bonser Shaw

Aloha Bonser-Shaw Photographs an Alternative Community Living Off-Grid in Andalucia

Trees as a living picture

by Tomoki Yamauchi · illustrations: Carlos Jiménez

Scenes of Anémomorphose

Visiones del Salto

by Andrés Donadio · illustrations: Andrés Donadio

The Salto de Tequendama (Tequendama Fall) is an iconic place of the Colombian landscape and is part of the collective mind of its inhabitants. The Salto was originally a place of worship for the pre-Hispanic indigenous groups. During past centuries it was one of the most emblematic symbols of the country, before being confined in oblivion for several decades at the end of the twentieth century. It is a very complex place, full of history and legends. It is a place almost impossible to represent, where premises and hypotheses coexist in the middle of an indistinguishable fog.

Jonas Marguet’s Plant-Based Photography and a Note on Biophilia

by Maela Ohana · illustrations: Jonas Marguet

From the Dutch tulip craze and its resulting Vanitas bouquets to Matisse’s abstract cutouts of his split-Leaf Philodendron, from Georgia O’Keefe’s modernist orchids to Robert Mapplethorpe’s eroticized representations of tulips and calla lilies, plants have occupied a blooming space in the history of art and visual aesthetics. As inherently fluid symbols, the allure of the plant lies partly in its ability to be take on a wide range of meaning: be it political or sensual, transgressive or hedonistic, frivolous or deeply poetic.

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