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Alberto Baraya:  An Expedition To New Zealand

When:

Wed 17 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 18 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 19 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 20 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 21 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, 42 Queen St, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Taking the role of a 19th century botanical explorer, Colombian artist Alberto Baraya collects and catalogues artificial plants and botanical tattoos from some of the most fertile places on earth.

In his ongoing 'Herbarium of Artificial Plants' Baraya creates elaborate botanical displays. This exhibition features New Zealand additions to the 'Herbarium', collected during his ‘expedition’ in the North Island.

Merging colonial exploitation with contemporary consumerism, tourism and global exchange, Baraya’s taxonomies mimic accurate botanical classifications, exposing the arbitrariness of the scientific paradigm and exploring our consumption and use of nature.

Baraya will also present the new offsite project 'SilkFern', related to his 'Herbarium', in the celebrated Fernery at New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park.

Curated by Alejandra Rojas.

Image above: Alberto Baraya 'SilkFern III, Taranaki, New Zealand' 2009 from the series 'Herbarium of Artificial Plants' (detail).

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