1 Jun 2024 – 23 Jun 2024

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13:00 – 18:00
13:00 – 18:00
13:00 – 18:00

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Exploring Colonial Narratives Through Plant Migration and Bio-Art


Eradicated, discriminated against, declared illegal and invasive: Plants, like humans, are victims of violent, colonial, and capitalistic cultures, and if they could speak, they would be able to tell the recurrent history of expropriation and domestication. The way humans perceive, act and legislate on the plant kingdom clearly reflects xenophobic sentiments toward their own species.

The exhibition “Aliens” offers a perspective on the politics of land and nature through two artists, Adam Vackar and Supermrin, who work with plants as their subject, medium, and primary source of inspiration as a way to explore concepts of domination and migration.

The history of the invasive Giant Hogweed of Eastern Europe and the history of the American manicured lawn separately convey ideologies of invasion and, juxtaposed, show how our concept of nature is shaped by colonial narratives.

Czech artist Adam Vackar’s documentary film, photographs, and installations delve into the complexities of human interaction with the Giant Hogweed, an invasive species originating from the Caucasus. Challenging the traditional perspective on migrating plants and the narrow-minded human approach to these organisms, the works trace this plant’s migration from Central Asia to Eastern Europe to the Americas. By analyzing the political eradication campaign directed against the Giant Hogweed, Vackar shows how the same rhetoric of invasion and illegality have been extended to living beings more generally —be they humans, animals or plants— that appear dissimilar, inconsistent, or otherwise opposed to the dominant system in a delimited environment.

US-based Indian artist Supermrin (Mrinalini Aggarwal) brings her latest project, FIELD, a bio-art project operating at intersections of sculpture, performance, bioethics, and arenas of urban space. Supermrin’s sculptures are made from waste lawn-clippings that she boils, washes and cooks in her kitchen to create a translucent, biodegradable bio-plastic, akin to a vegan leather. Supermrin’s artworks convey a sense of temporality, transience, and grotesque subjectivity, offering a plant-based perspective on a rewilded future. The FIELD project tells how manicured urban lawns convey an outdated American Dream, emblematic of capitalism and racism, that in a time of climate change are also symbolic of ecological destruction. Through FIELD Supermrin reflects on her own alienation, anxiety, and migrant identity in the face of climate collapse.

At the PS122 Gallery, visitors will be embraced by a natural environment that screams for justice. Aliens, be they creatures from outer space or from our world, become the means through which we see the other, mirrored in ourselves.


Isabella Indolfi

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Adam Vackar


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