Fieldguides for a Preternaturalist

Deep histories fragile memories is an artistic research cluster based at the LUCA School of the Arts in Brussels. It aims to bring together like-minded researchers, practitioners and projects to create a collaborative body of knowledge that will be accessible to a wide audience. One of its projects is the Fieldguides, a series of essays each written by a different practitioner/researcher across a number of disciplines. The essays are intended to be read at gatherings in order to generate further collaboration.

I am excited to have been invited by Wendy Morris, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at LUCA and Leuven University to contribute to this project that is part of her Nothing of Importance Occurred: Recuperating a Herball for a 17th century enslaved Angolan Midwife at the Cape. I believe that this project answers a need to recuperate our histories and to tell them in a multiplicity of voices.

The featured image is of the Rose of Jericho or Flower of Maryam, a plant that emerges as an analogy for midwives, birth and labour, travelling and displacement, rebirth and resurrection, with deep connections through generations to disempowered voices.

Photo credit: Wendy Morris

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