Garden State Book Launch Events
The Photographer’s Gallery, London / 9 June 2016 / 6pm
Book signing followed by in conversation with Ffotogallery director David Drake
Photobook Bristol / 12 June 2016 / 11.45am
The Mosaic Rooms, London / 18 June / 2pm
Book launch and in conversation with Middle Eastern plant expert Sabina Knees
In this new monograph, artist Corinne Silva considers how gardening, like mapping, is a way of allocating territory. Between 2010 and 2013, Silva made a series of visits to Israeli occupied territories. She travelled across twenty-two Israeli settlements making photographs of public and private gardens. Silva presents this visually rich photographic journey and examines how the gardens in these occupied lands are both material and symbolic evidence of a continuing colonisation.
The publication also features a taxonomical table of colonising plants by Sabina Knees (Middle Eastern plant botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh), an essay by Professor Val Williams (curator and Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre), and the artist in conversation with Professor Eyal Weizman (architect and Director of Forensic Architecture) reflecting on the work and the political relationship between gardens and colonisation that has existed from the eighteenth century to the present day.
Garden State is co-produced by Ffotogallery, Cardiff, The Mosaic Rooms, London, and UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC), London College of Communication, and supported by the Arts Council of Wales, A.M. Qattan Foundation and University of the Arts London.