As a visual artist, Anne Geene (NL, 1983) captures the hidden beauty of plants and animals. With the help of photography, Geene investigates, collects and arranges the world around her. The camera objectively registers the materials in where Geene is looking for visual similarities, patterns and phenomena. Eventually, her findings are analyzed and catalogued according to an apparent logic. Her interpretation of the data is strictly personal and hints to our urge to regulate and understand the world around us.
Anne Geene began her studies on photography at the Royal Academy in The Hague and graduated at Sint Joost, Breda. After this she did the Master Photographic Studies at Leiden University. In 2014, Anne Geene won the ING Unseen Talent Award. Her work is included in various public as well as private collections. In 2018 she was the winner of the Volkskrant Visual Art Award and held a presentation in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. Her works are partly purchased by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
The Museum of the Plant
The Museum of the Plant is a curiosity cabinet of photographs and objects addressing different aspects of plants. Regular institutions concerning plants and plant science usually restrict themselves to biological aspects and particularities of plants. They show rare species , collect DNA and aim to educate the public. This (fictitious and absurd) museum points to everything else. It focuses on coincidence rather than certainty, on the plants place in human society rather than their own habitats. It also focuses on the transformation of natural objects into museum objects. It is about flowerist arrangements, things that look like plants, plants of famous people, their colour, the holes in their leafs and how to fit a cactus in a herbarium.
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