Mosaic Rooms Panel Discussion 28/5/15 Photography, Colonialism and the Politics of Planting. Brenna Bhandar, Jennifer Gabrys, Uriel Orlow, chaired by Shela Sheikh.
- “…the act of gardening as a tool for the assertion of power, control and identity.” http://mosaicrooms.org/event/panel-discussion-photography-colonialism-and-the-politics-of-planting/
- nature has a pivotal role
- ‘policing of species’
- the desire to drive lasting roots
- ‘Landscape and Power’ by W.J.T Mitchell
- Earth as a silent witness. Plants as sensors and non-human witnesses.
- “desire to taxonomies”
- Uriel Orlow: Double Vision (Native Plants) (2012-14) researched archival images of plants in Palestine, photographed with a stereoscopic camera – takes 2 images. List of flora in Israel and Palestine (identical obv.)
- Photos of white South Africans looking at nature in a scientific way (white/black, culture/nature, science/art)
- Looks at how the Botanic garden operates as an archive and expresses the aspirations of a nation.
- ‘Flower diplomacy’ import of plants (from South Africa) not boycotted as flowers seen as apolitical, and useless.
- Kirstenbosch Golden Jubilee 1963
- ‘Botanical nationalism’ and indigineity
- ‘alien weeds and invasive plants’ – language of xenophobia
- themes: classification, use, value, ownership, extracting, naming, not seeing plants beyond a western idea of usefulness.
- Rewriting the landscape (?)
- Political agency of plants