Laurence Aëgerter — Healing Plants for Hurt Landscapes

Healing Plants for Hurt Landscapes is an offspring of Herbarium Cataplasma, a two-fold community art project that Laurence Aëgerter did at the invitation of the city of Leeuwarden in Friesland, the Netherlands. Aëgerter led a careful reconstruction of the plan of the medicinal garden of the medieval Abbey of Saint Gall on an unused plot of land in Leeuwarden which was once part of a convent. This project was realized in collaboration with the local residents. Aëgerter also invited the residents for a symbolical healing ritual of destroyed landscapes. She selected 100 images by searching Google for news photographs of a diversity of disasters in different parts of the world. Aëgerter took photographs of these landscapes to be healed. Participants were then invited to treat these landscapes with the medicinal plants from the garden, each one with the appropriate antidote found in the library or by through their own experience (e.g. ginger against pain in burns). Through this plants and landscapes became merged into a new image. These images appear in the form of a newspaper, as well as a series of large photographs.

Specs: 35.9 × 29.5 cm, 56 pages
Edition of 1000 + 50 special editions, including a signed and numbered photograph.
Year: 2015
Designed by Erik Kessels
Price: € 40

Laurence Aëgerter — Healing Plants for Hurt Landscapes