HOLDING THE HERBARIUM

Holding the Herbarium is a poetic-visual text developed from research in the Botany Collections at The Natural History Museum in London. This project involved working with Cyanobacteria, a form of (blue-green algae), and expanded forms of listening, looking, writing and research. The text blends poetic, performative and fictional registers with botanical, scientific and natural historical research to reimagine language, taxonomies and forms of representation in relation to issues of environmental change.

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Holding the Herbarium has been published in MAI Journal of Feminism and Visual Culture in June 2019. A reading of the work was presented as part of Urgent Matters III: Soil, Poetry and Care, an event curated by Phytology at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve with speakers Maria Puig de la Bellacasa and Dimitris Papadopoulos in Sept 2018. The work was also presented at the Ecofutures Conference at Queen Mary University of London in May 2019.

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