OBSERVATORY of an INVISIBLE GARDEN
2013 - 2015
As any other atlas “Observatory of an invisible garden” is a collection of disparate objects gathered under a particular gaze.
The project tracks ad presents the disappearance of some species of flora in the world and, therefore, the viewer is invited to think on an intimate area of its memory: its natural environment and its central role in the handling/sustainability of their own habitat.
The project is based on the scientific samples of the Botanical Garden of Geneva and the Herbarium of the National Museum
of Costa Rica. Through photograph, 18 specimens of plants classified as extinct or threatened in the XX century have been “recollected”, those were previously “discovered”, recollected and classified during the XVIII and XIX centuries. The specimens consist of the “type” sam- ples, used to classify the species for the first time.
Geographically, it’s both, a global exploration, introducing missing species natives from the five continents, and a specific geographic dimension to Costa Rica, with endangered species, mainly of timber trees.
The images follow a chronological order. Each photograph is com- bined with a brief entry which mentions the date of recollection, the scientific name, the indigenous name, information about the habitat and the reasons that caused their disappearance.
Although the material emulates scientific rigor, the way of photo- graphing do not follows these parameters: blurs contrast, variation of perspectives, light misalignments, objects cut, neutral and un- even backs between one object and another are voluntary.
From these atypical images (their calculated disjointment) and the peculiarities of the installation that the show strides to opens the debate on the possibility of how to see, how to classify and how to know in an non-conventional way, and address to viewer about his own displacements and behaviors.
Herbarium of the Conservatoire et Jardins Botaniques de la ville de Genève
Herbarium of the New York Botanical Garden
Herbarium of the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
Herbarium of Universidad de Costa Rica