Walking Backwards, Alex Cecchetti

Myddelton House Gardens, Enfield EN2 9HG

14 Sep 2019 - 11:00 AM to 15 Sep 2019 - 6:30 PM

Walking Backwards, Alex Cecchetti

Artist, poet, choreographer and gardener Alex Cecchetti presented the incantation, Walking Backwards (2013-ongoing), specifically re-conceived for the eight-acre, historical garden of the little-known and enchanting Myddelton House, once the home of gardener and botanist Edward Augustus Bowles.

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Inspired by the remarkable biodiversity of the vegetation, guides led audience members, one by one, on a backwards walk. Accompanied by the whispers of a guide, as plant species, pathways and thoughts came into unexpected view, Walking Backwards weaved together dream, botany, poetry, intimacy and trust. 

Produced by Emily Rudge. Curated by Lucia Pietroiusti as part of General Ecology.

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Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, 2019, commissioned by the General Ecology Project at Serpentine Galleries, Myddelton House Gardens, 14-15 September 2019. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, courtesy of the artist
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, courtesy of the artist
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, courtesy of the artist
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, courtesy of the artist
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, courtesy of the artist

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti

Walking Backwards
Courtesy of the artist
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, courtesy of the artist
Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards

Alex Cecchetti, Walking Backwards, courtesy of the artist