Colonial botany, decolonial botany | Culturgest, 09 Mar 2022

Helenas Elias, Teresa Mendes Flores, Margarida Medeiros, Luís Mendonça de Carvalho

Culturgest, 09 MAR 2022,  WED 18:30
Small Auditorium
Free Entry*
Duration 2h

*with ticket pickup 30 min. before the session starts (subject to room capacity)

The relationship established with plants and botany during colonial scientific missions reflected a ‘separatist’ form of the relationship Subject/Object, in the way in which flora was envisaged and analysed: on the one hand, it was seen as a reflection of a country’s wealth which had been expanded by the colonies; on the other hand, from an economic standpoint which favoured intensive farming of profitable species in the international arena (such as coffee and cocoa). Based on photographs of scientific missions organised by the Portuguese Institute of Tropical Scientific Research (Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical (IICT)), and within the scope of project Photo Impulse, which focuses on photographic collections of Portuguese scientific and geodesic missions in Africa throughout the 20th century, this roundtable discussion establishes a dialogue between the epistemological perspectives of that colonial scientific past and contemporary ways of thinking philosophically, artistically and conceptually about the relationship of humans with plants and botany.

Curated
Liliana Coutinho e Margarida de Medeiros

PARTNERSHIP

Photo Impulse: O impulso fotográfico: medindo as colónias e os corpos colonizados. O arquivo fotográfico e fílmico das missões portuguesas de geografia e antropologia, ICNOVA – Instituto de Comunicação da Nova.

CO-FUNDED BY THE CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, FOLLOWING ACT – ART, CLIMATE, TRANSITION PROJECT

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