We are taking part in Manifesta 14.
In 2022, Manifesta 14, the European Nomadic Biennial, takes place in Prishtina, Kosovo. Under the title „ It matters what worlds world worlds: how to tell stories otherwise “, Creative Mediator Catherine Nichols takes up the challenge of exploring and generating new practices and ways of collective storytelling. We have the pleasure to present the Queer Nature project in the Grand Hotel, a key venue of the festival.
„If plants are our oldest teachers, as Céline Baumann surmises, what might we learn from them? What knowledge, which stories do they have to share? One key lesson to be learned from the botanical world would be the ubiquity of queerness. No matter where you look in nature, it’s there. As part of an ongoing investigation into the diversity of gender expression and sexual behaviour in plants, Baumann brings together specimens, illustrations, pictures and stories. Yet the research she presents in her herbarium and video goes beyond the mere recognition that plants are often unisexual or bisexual, hermaphroditic or transitionally transgender, depending on their age, the time of day or environmental conditions. What she endeavours to convey, rather, is that such knowledge can be put to good use: to make the ground we live on – whether on a domestic, urban or national level – “porous and permeable” and “welcoming” for all.“ Catherine Nichols.
Manifesta 14 Prishtina is open from the 22nd of July to the 30th of October 2022.
Photos © Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Majlinda Hoxha