Plantae Groenlandica: A genealogy of botanist subjectivities (mainly men)
Collaboration with Eva la Cour, 2020
When Copenhagen University’s research station, Arktisk Station, was inaugurated in 1906 the station was owned by the Danish state and placed in Qeqertarsuaq on the island of Disko in Northwest Greenland because of the islands extraordinarily variation of vegetational species. Plant samples have therefore been collected and preserved at the station since the beginning, with the purpose of enlarging the Greenland Herbarium at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen.
Meanwhile, a small herbarium stayed and developed at Arktisk Station. In Plantae Groenlandica: A genealogy of botanist subjectivities (mainly men) Tinne Zenner and Eva la Cour approach this herbarium as a collection of disputed scientific value – when compared with the magnitude of the official Greenland Herbarium – and a collection that rather shows the consistency of a professional practice and handling of plants throughout the last century, despite the significant geopolitical shifts that the Denmark-Greenland relation has been subject to. In this sense the artists suggest that it may exactly be as material imagery – in the margin of professional practices, standards and formats – that the herbarium holds a potential to construct alternative versions of historical timelines.
A collaboration with Copenhagen University’s Faculty of Science, owning and operating the research station Arktisk Station in Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland.
16mm film, 11min 50sec, (vertical)
Steel frame, Mirror, Multi wall sheet, Magnets, 135x185cm
Scroll text timeline, RGB Matrix LED Panels, Magnets, 20x120cm, 26min40sek
Flight cases, Projector, looper
Installation views: Arctic Stations / Møstings Hus / 29/2 - 19/4 2020
Photo: David Stjernholm