Artists: Kalle Hamm & Dzamil Kammanger Curated by Katarzyna Sobucka
Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kochi, IN
21 Jan 2017
'Shared Seeds' consisted of seven botanical drawings inspired by the work of 19th century Southern Indian artists Rungiah and Govindoo, who contributed greatly to the book by Scottish botanist Robert Wight (1796–1872). The black-and-white Icones Plantarum or Figures of Indian Plants, published between 1820 and the 1850s, is still considered one of the most useful guides to the flora of southern India.
Among the 2,115 plants described in Icones Plantarum there are seven plants that, over the course of the centuries, have arrived in the furthermost North and currently grow in Finland. The climates of southern India and Finland – 8,000 kilometres apart – are unsurprisingly very different. During the event at Pepper House, artists Kalle Hamm and Dzamil Kammanger, explored the historical and present day use of these plants, including within culinary recipes, and tracked their journeys over time.
Supported by Frame Finland