Beauty in a Blade of Grass will leave you appreciating our natural surroundings.
Grasses are the unglorified heroes of our existence. With over 390 different species recorded in Namibia alone, it forms the basis of vegetation over great expanses of our planet. Not only does it serve as fodder for animals, as building materials or thatching for houses, protect the soil from erosion, and clean the air, it also provide around 50% of all human calorie intake through foods such as rice, maize and wheat.
Unfortunately, with our ever-increasing world population, many wild areas are sacrificed to make space for human development, often with a complete disregard for the indigenous vegetation and its impact on our daily subsistence.
Beauty in a Blade of Grass is an exhibition of cyanotypes – one of the earliest forms of the photographic medium, used to document flora in 18th century Britain – capturing the fragility of an essential part of our existence often overlooked, and highlighting our natural heritage and the importance of preserving it for future generations.
Eleonora Duse reminds, “If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the field has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”
May we (re)learn to appreciate our natural surroundings as a mysterious, awe-inspiring and indescribably magnificent world in itself.
Avec un accent sur les procédés photographiques alternatifs, Beauty in a blade of grass mettra en vedette une sélection de cyanotypes - l'une des premières formes du médium photographique. L'exposition représentera la flore, à la fois de la Namibie et à l'international, avec un accent particulier sur les plantes médicinales et comestibles.