The work Soil Affinities is on view as part of a collective exhibition in Danielle Arnaud contemporary art, London. Participating artists include Anna Barriball, Daphne Wright, David Cotterrell, Edward Chell, Gerard Ortín, Gunther Herbst, Harun Morrison, Helen Maurer, Helen Walker, Joseph Banks, Joy Gregory, Laure Prouvost, Lea Maelzer, Leelou Gordon-Fox, Maria Thereza Alves, Mariele Neudecker, Nick Laessing, Nils Norman, Owen Griffiths, Peter Hofer, Pia Ostlund, Rosa Nguyen, Stephen Lee.
In the 1830s, East London doctor and amateur naturalist Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward invented a sealed glass case, an ecosphere in which plants could survive heavily polluted air. The Wardian case was soon being used for the transport of plants by sea around the world. From garden plants such as jasmine and rhododendrons to cash crops like bananas and tea, this simple invention transformed global economies and environments and shaped our world.
Transports of Delight, will explore the impact of this simple but world-changing invention which links themes of colonialism, environment and the collection and display of plants associated with broader historical narratives. The exhibition will feature around twenty artists from Britain and abroad with an accompanying publication.
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