Upcoming Exhibition: Norway in June

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7-10 June, 2019. I’m honoured to be among the artists chosen to participate in ‘Agri/Cultures Seed-Links’, a three-day exhibition at Svalbard Seed Vault, a global seed bank on a Norwegian island near the Arctic circle. Artists will present works that articulate the relationship between biological & cultural diversity, with a particular focus on seeds. With plant species disappearing, seeds are genetic resources for adaptation to climate change. Svalbard’s goal is to store and protect samples of every type of seed from every seed collection in the world.

On 10 June, after the exhibition & discussion, artists will deposit their works in Svalbard’s vault, along with a new shipment of seeds. The art is a complementary narrative to the vault’s one million seeds, and the interment will be “a reminder that seeds live within vast webs of interrelations—ecological, socio-technical and cultural—and that these connections are worthy of celebration and preservation”.

I will present photographs from ‘The Iraqi Seed Project’, a documentary project about agriculture & cultural autonomy: A region in northern Mesopotamia, Iraqi Kurdistan is home to mountains, steppes, and pastures that were part of the Fertile Crescent: the birthplace of agriculture—and, indeed, civilization—where ancient farmers nurtured a wealth of crops that would become staples throughout the world. Now, after years of war and sanctions, the country cannot feed itself. Markets are filled with foreign monocrops, heirloom fruits are disappearing, and fields are fallow. Imported greenhouses collapse in the wind, and the next generation of farmers rejects their inherited land.

I’m happy for the opportunity to include Iraq’s story in a global dialogue about food security, threatened ecologies, and regional identity. 

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Flora: Exploration to Extinction

I glued the last flower! The corridor is finished! Thanks especially to Vestalia Chilton, Noor Kadhim, and anyone who navigated around my paper clippings, glue, and dried flowers during the installation. If you can’t visit the work, explore it over here on my site, where I’ve included extinction profiles for all the silhouetted species.

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Flora: Exploration to Extinction is an immersive installation that reevaluates our relationship to the natural world. A collaged landscape of flora displays an ecological utopia of abundance, interrupted by silhouettes of extinct and endangered species. I designed the work as a site-specific installation for a 20 ft (6 m) corridor at a hotel in South Kensingon, London; commission by Vestalia Chilton, curator of Attollo Art & art director of the Exhibitionist Hotel. Flora was introduced during Frieze London 2018; the installation will be on display for several years, and is open to the public.


Dispersal published in INKQ

I wrote about photography, specimen collecting, personal narrative, and Anna Atkins for INKQ’s second issue. Publisher & botanic illustrator Jessica Shepherd is a dear friend & indefatigable champion of interdisciplinary art & science. Her own agapanthus painting, ‘The Kiss’, is featured, along with work by David Nash and Niki Simpson. Limited edition run, fantastic print quality. Subscribe here.

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These are a few of my favourite things:

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Paper clippings for my upcoming art installation ‘The Age of Exploration meets Age of Extinction’ at The Exhibitionist Hotel in South Kensington, London. The final piece will profile extinct & endangered flora & will span a small corridor in the hotel. Opening August 2018, hopefully up for a few years. 


Photographing for Kew

The last few months I’ve been traveling between Millenium Seed Bank in Wakehurt and Kew’s Herbarium in London to photography seeds & fruits of rare & endangered species for exhibition panels in Kew's Temperate House (reopening Spring 2018; come meet the plants & their seeds!).

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Silver medal at Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show is divine! Honored to be one of ten photographers awarded an exhibition wall. Come say hello in the Grand Pavilion. UPDATE: The Royal Horticultural Society awarded ‘Dispersal’ a silver-gilt award.

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'The Fall' exhibition in London

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We are open! Come see ‘The Fall’, 11-28 May, at Fitzrovia Gallery, 139 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 5E. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-7pm. Fifty-four of my photographs are exhibited, and we also have a full calendar of evening events.


Dispersal: The Red List / Kew

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This morning I presented a proposal for a new project, Dispersal: The Red List, at Kew Gardens, London. Thanks to all who attended. The series will include rare & endangered species, those that exhibit unique dispersal mechanisms, as well as Kew's historic work in conservation. Photo of the Apocynaceae collection, a family exhibiting a rare evolution of dispersal mechanisms. Every box here has a story I want to tell. 


Bronze medal, Exhibition debut at Kew

Thrilled to announce that the Dispersal series received the bronze medal in portfolio category in an annual international photography competition sponsored by Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. The six works are included in a traveling exhibition that will be at Kew’s Nash Conservatory through March 13. After that, the show will travel to Amsterdam (de Hortus Botanicus); Rettendon, UK (RHS Garden Hyde Hall); South Tyrol, Italy (The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle); Gibraltar (Gibraltar Botanic Gardens); Norfolk, U.K. (National Trust Sheringham Park), then Sydney and New York City (locations TBD). Thank you, IGPOTY10, for the honor, and Jonathan Dawid, director of Apollinaire Fine Arts, who helped curate our selection of six wind-dispersed specimens.

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