Rooted Beings

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  • Exhibition
Long tangled tendrils hang in loops and strands in a plant-like structure suggesting a vine. A Great Seaweed Day: Gut Weed (Ulva Intestinalis) is a mixed media sculpture by Ingela Ihrman.
A Great Seaweed Day: Gut Weed (Ulva Intestinalis), Mixed media sculpture, 2019., Ingela Ihrman. © Photo: Angela Moore for Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).

‘Rooted Beings’ invites you to embark on a meditative reflection on the world of plants and fungi. The exhibition considers what we might learn from plant behaviour, and the impacts of colonial expeditions on the exploitation of natural resources and indigenous knowledges.  

You’ll see botanical archives from Wellcome Collection and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew displayed alongside works by artists Gözde Ilkin, Ingela Ihrman and Joseca, with new commissions by Patricia Domínguez, Eduardo Navarro, RESOLVE Collective and Sop.

Plants sustain life on earth. They are sensitive, complex and interconnected beings, playing surprisingly active roles in ecosystems and human societies. ‘Rooted Beings’ asks if we can become more rooted, attentive, flexible and caring – and attain vegetal enlightenment.

The exhibition is curated by Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz with Emily Sargent.

‘Rooted Beings’ is a collaboration between Wellcome Collection and La Casa Encendida, Madrid. Commission partners: Delfina Foundation, De La Warr Pavilion, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.

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Opening on 24 March 2022

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