A floral photography installation by the Filipino-American writer/photographer Randy Gener and the Romanian-born theatre designer/visual artist Nic Ularu, In the Garden of One World brings together theatre scenography, digital photography and installation art to create a conceptual space inspired by Ellen Stewart's famous dictum that theatre should “speak beyond words.” At once a scenographic statement and a thematically organized exhibition, In the Garden of One World imagines a dream of a world garden. On display are more than 35 photographs of flowers and intriguing places taken in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Nevis, Panama, Romania, South Korea, Sweden and the United States. A playwright, critic and senior editor of American Theatre magazine, Randy Gener snapped these photos while he was on assignment as a writer abroad, delivering papers and lectures at European theatre festivals and congresses, or participating in a number of cultural exchange programs and international artists' residencies, including La MaMa Umbria International (the nonprofit cultural center and artists’ residence and work center founded by Stewart in 1990 in central Italy).
Designed by the Romanian theatre artist and scenographer Nic Ularu, In the Garden of One World reveals, enhances and re-presents the poetic and formal potential of these photographs through the metaphor of an abstract garden. Both Gener and Ularu are theatre artists whose professional careers have been nurtured at La MaMa E.T.C. In seeking to make unexpected links between disparate international experiences, their collaborative show attempts to visualize and embody La MaMa’s dream of “many cultures, one world.”