Matthew Beach: The Herbarium's Shadow

14 Apr 2021 – 22 May 2021

Regular hours

12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00

Free admission

San Mei Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

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  • 10 minute walk from Brixton station or Stockwell Station
  • 10 minute walk fromLoughborough Junction Station

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San Mei Gallery presents The Herbarium’s Shadow, the first solo exhibition by artist and researcher Matthew Beach.


Embedded within discourses around materiality, Matthew Beach's practice explores the entanglements between place, the photographic, and care in more-than-human worlds. The exhibition is the culmination of Matthew Beach’s research from his time on the LABVERDE residency programme in Brazil’s Amazon forest during the summer of 2019. During the residency, Matthew Beach researched the relations between humans and domestic tropical plants, examining the historical and contemporary practice of botany. The exhibition reflects on the formation of these human-plant relations via an immersive display of his research, which seeks to imagine new possibilities of co-living and interrelation with plants.

The Herbarium’s Shadow is an unusual and organic exhibition that will evolve over the course of its duration, thanks to the fast-growing plant and the workshops around it. Drawing from contemporary thought at the intersection between ecological philosophy and environmental geography, the exhibition will host a public conversation between Matthew Beach and geographer Anna Lawrence (PhD Candidate, Cambridge University), alongside educational projects in partnership with Cullinan Studios, CHIPS and Myatt’s Field Park. 

Matthew Beach is an artist and researcher based in London, UK. Recent exhibitions include The Making of Landscape at Galerie Duchomp, Yvetot, and Prospect for the More-Than-Human at Regency Townhouse, Brighton, and his work has been screened at The Showroom, London and Bloomsbury Theatre, London. Matthew Beach is currently a Teaching and Research Fellow in Printmaking at City and Guilds of London Art School; and a PhD candidate in the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London, researching historical and contemporary practices of producing and consuming gelatine and collagen peptides. He received his MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2017), and he is an alumnus of LABVERDE (2019) and the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art (2016).

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