the greyhouse, 2024
a greenhouse turned grey : several installations and research on extinct plant species

•• upcoming: my new installation For a Fern in the exhibition of the Swiss Art Awards, Kiefer Hablitzel │ Göhner Preis at ArtBasel in June ••

While the extinction of animal species is known to most people, only very few would know what Acanea exigua, Hopea Shingkeng or Galipea ossana were. what remains of them and other extinct plant species are their flatly pressed specimens, stored in herbal archives around the world which are kept in folders and remain mostly invisible to the public. 
Collaborating with several botanic institutions, I use these specimens of extinct plant species as the basis for installations : through three-dimensional collages made from black and white printed and laser-cut photographs of the specimens I re-imagine the shapes of the disappeared plants that have been lost in the pressing process – lingering between reality and speculation, between past and future.
Realized in black and white, in non-colors, the artificial landscape takes on a apocalyptic character, as if the plants were ghosts that don’t belong to this world anymore.

Part of the installations are several photo series that let the collages appear as almost intact, growing plants again.

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paper collage of a plant extinct in Switzerland

WIP building the collages

paper collage of a plant extinct in Switzerland

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