Native plants, invasive plants

Mari Lagerqvist

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“Cannot a plant that comes from somewhere else become native with time? I asked. She gave me a perplexed look, not understanding me at all.”

A herbarium in Cairo, an allotment in Gothenburg, collected in one book. A desire to belong, to demand a place, and to organize space according to ones own tradition. Image and text tie the places together. The Swedish botanist Vivi Täckholm (born 1989) developed the Faculty of Botany at Cairo University. She and her colleagues collected, ordered, classified and cataloged plants. Their work followed Carl von Linné’s Species Plantarum which followed the belief that it was possible to determine, systematize, and catalogue the surrounding world. Taking controll of the world by taking controll of knowledge. An ongoing imperialistic project. Humans trying to control nature. Even a book is part of a system of knowledge.

Special hand bound edition with original artwork by Mari Lagerqvist available.

 
Swedish and English typography: Thomas Hirter. Arabic typography: Maryam Fanni


Filed under Art
Dimensions 297 × 420 mm
Edition250
DesignerMatilda Plöjel
PrinterGöteborgstryckeriet
Pages20
Bindingstapled
PrintingOffset
LanguageEnglish, Swedish and Arabic
Year2015
ISBN978-91-978843-8-9

Sailor Press

Sailor Press

Sailor Press aims to offer an alternative to publishing restricted by the constraints of institutions or larger publishers. In close dialogue and collaboration with the artists we develop publications that explore the artist's work as well as the book as a medium. The content of the book and the book as object are equally important. Sailor Press is founded and run by book designer Matilda Plöjel, and wishes to explore the field between art and graphic design. Sailor Press also distributes critical writings on design, craft and art.