Zoom EDEN | Anush Hamzehian and Vittorio Mortarotti
Zoom EDEN | Anush Hamzehian and Vittorio Mortarotti
Zoom EDEN | Anush Hamzehian and Vittorio Mortarotti
Zoom EDEN | Anush Hamzehian and Vittorio Mortarotti
Zoom EDEN | Anush Hamzehian and Vittorio Mortarotti
Zoom EDEN | Anush Hamzehian and Vittorio Mortarotti
Zoom EDEN | Anush Hamzehian and Vittorio Mortarotti

EDEN | Anush Hamzehian and Vittorio Mortarotti

$42.00
"Spurred by the imminent completion of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Archiving Eden explores the role of seed banks and their preservation efforts in the face of climate change, the extinction of natural species and the decline in agricultural diversity. Serving as A global botanical support system, these private and publicly funded institutions ensure the opportunity for species reintroduction in the event a catastrophic event or civil conflict affects a key ecosystem somewhere in the world. Since 2008, Dornith Doherty has worked on collaboration with renowned biologists from the world's most comprehensive international seed banks: the National Center for Conservation of Genetic Resources of the United States Agricultural Research Service, the Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the United Kingdom and PlantBank, Center of Endangered Flora, and Kings Park Botanic Gardens in Australia.
Using archival X-ray equipment commonly used for adhered seed viability assessments, the Doherty papers and subsequently the seed collages and tissue samples stored in these crucial collections. The incredible visual power of magnified X-ray images, arising from the ability of technology to record what is invisible to the human eye, illuminates his considerations not only of the complex philosophical, anthropological and ecological issues surrounding the role of science and human agency in relation to gene banking, but also to poetic questions about life and time on a macro and micro scale. Doherty is amazed at the power of these tiny seedlings and many seeds are the size of a grain of sand to generate life and support the core time span of the seed banking process, which seeks to make these sparks last two hundred years or more. The use of the color delft / indigo blue evokes references not only to the cryogenic preservation process, central to the seed saving methodology, but also to the intersection of East and West, trade, cultural exchange and migration. This tension between stillness and change reflects his focus on the elusive goal of stopping time in relation to living materials, which at some point, we all want to do. "."

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EDEN | Anush Hamzehian and Vittorio Mortarotti

$42.00