About the Project
Agriculture is a special form of socialisation where plants, humans and other living beings (such as soil, insects, microorganisms and so on) are at work together. Plants have a surprising capacity to adapt to local cultivation conditions and to human-nutritional requests and tastes; something that brings both culinary joy and food safety to people. The broad variation that is to be found in cultivated plants has emerged over long spans of time through farming, breeding and migration. This diversity can therefore be understood as memories of situated multispecies socialisation. In this way, farm-bred plants are archives of social knowledge and stories.
With a particular interest in questions emerging from the practice and the politics of plant breeding, the Swedish visual artist Åsa Sonjasdotter enquires processes of co-species knowledge through the cultivation of plants, their imagery and stories.
Her research-based work is emerged from her combined experience of small-scale farming and artistic practice. Sonjasdotter has been part of several trans disciplinary research and breeding projects, and has a long and varied experience working with botanical and natural historical archives and collections. Since 2005 she has investigated stories of potatoes, with a special interest in the plant’s role within colonial and capitalist transformations throughout modern industrialisation.