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Botany under Influence

Public Program
Panel Discussion
The Transplants:
Human Influence on Nature

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 2pm

Juanli Carrión, Pia Rönicke, and Dr. Ina Vandebroek in conversation about the politics of botany and the links between nature and society, moderated by Clelia Coussonnet.

The panelists will discuss the ways they encounter links between nature, politics, culture, and society. With special interest in examining the ways that human behavior impacts the so-called natural world, the panelists will meditate on the impact of politics on the environment, patterns of plant migration, urban ecology initiatives, activism, and biodiversity preservation.
Juanli Carrión is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Yecla, Spain. His work uses cultural conflicts that are revealed in the definition of collective and individual identity as both process and material, using methods of making that serve as a way of creating place, community, collective voice and individual memory. His site-specific interventions aesthetically respond to the social, political and cultural history of their sites, gathering materials, people, actions, objects, information, and geography to reconstruct "the landscape" generated by its inherent conflicts. His project, Outer Seed Shadow (OSS), is a series of site-specific installations in the form of geopolitical gardens that materialize social ecosystems through using different plant species as representatives of social groups or individuals.

Clelia Coussonnet is an independent cultural project manager, art journalist, and curator of contemporary art that has also curated an exhibition of previously unseen 19th century glass plate negatives from Uzbekistan at the UNESCO. She was then charged with launching a platform on visual arts from the Caribbean. Amongst other editorial projects, she regularly contributes to publications such as Another Africa, Diptyk, IAM, and Ibraaz.

Pia Rönicke lives and works in Copenhagen. She often works with collections of different kinds: archives of letters, notes, images, newspapers, microfilm, and online databases, to mention a few. The practice of collecting is a recurring subject in her work because of its personal, ethical, and political dimensions. This includes the everyday practice of collecting, the picking and pressing of plants, and the collection of stories present in the morning newspaper. Rönicke works with the blind spot (that which always contains a spatial dimension), a set of coordinates of unnoticed and undisclosed material, along with other fragments, which together build a narrative within her work.

Dr. Ina Vandebroek is an Assistant Curator of Economic Botany and the Caribbean Program Director at the Institute of Economic Botany, at The New York Botanical Garden. Her research is at the intersection of floristics, ethnobotany, and community health. With 15 years of experience in research and international cooperation projects in Bolivia, the Caribbean, and New York City, Ina studies plant diversity and the dynamics of medicinal plant knowledge and use for primary healthcare by local communities in remote rural areas, as well as by Caribbean immigrants in New York City. Her research shows that, even in times of general loss of biological and cultural diversity worldwide, the use of wild plants remains popular in many communities today.

This event is free and open to the public.

apexart's programs are supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, the Degenstein Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This exhibition is funded in part by Danish Arts Foundation, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Special thanks to gb agency, galeria nara roesler, Galería Agustina Ferreyra, FRAC Île-de-France, and FRAC Poitou-Charentes.
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