Texts by Gabriel Bauret, Carl-Johan Malmberg, John Peter Nilsson, Cecilia Sjöholm, Sven-Olof Wallenstein, Lena Wilhelmson
Design by Sandra Praun
2015, English, Swedish, hardcover
80 pages, 28 x 24 cm
Helene Schmitz has spent many years exploring man’s relationship with nature and natural forces. In Western art the garden has often been used as a metaphor for paradise and plants are often seen as peaceful. The Kudzu, however, is quite the opposite: it is an invasive plant species from Asia which has grown completely out of control and suffocated all other vegetation in its progress through parts of the American South. In ‘Kudzu Project’ she depicts how the vegetation has created twisted and mysterious landscapes, and how new sorts of spaces have emerged. The series ‘Sunken Gardens’ was photographed in Surinam. The series ‘Earthworks’ was photographed in Namibia. In the early twentieth century diamonds were discovered along the rugged coast of this former German colony. Those controlling the diamond trade became extremely rich and had a small settlement built with all the necessary conveniences. By the 1950s the houses were deserted, and the strong ocean wind slowly drowns the buildings in sand.
Published in collaboration with Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden.