Utrecht Oude Hortus
A botanic garden is the social construct of biological advancement for knowledge, yet its past contains histories of coloniality and with it, oppressed voices and bodies. Centuries later, the botanic garden is still a site that requires an ongoing support structure of care. These planetary conditions have become the drive for me to move from an investigative impulse, to an active practice of constituting new knowledge, situated in a visual art praxis. My intentions are to produce knowledge by describing plant-human entanglements. I therefore ask: How do assemblages of care render themselves visible in the Utrecht Oude Hortus? This research method combines fieldwork with theory and produces texts and artworks as evidence that together, create a textured portrait of care in the Utrecht Oude Hortus.