Parliament of Plants

The Parliament of Plants challenges the belief that matter and intelligence should be dissociated, regarding nature as more than a mere commodity.

Time Frame 2019-2023
Exhibitions Vitra Design Museum 2023, Triennale Milano 2023, Swiss Art Awards 2021, Matadero Madrid 2020-21, Royal Academy of Arts London 2019
Awards Nomination Swiss Art Awards in Architecture 2021

The Parliament of Plants proposes an urban environment where the wisdom of plants is highly valued for their knowledge of social and economic biotopes, as well as their deep understanding of natural processes. Woody, leafy, and flowering beings form here an hegemonic green democracy. With similar protocols to those currently used in the political arena, in this parliament of vegetation, legislators from different origins convene on a daily basis to debate current issues. Yet in contrast to the constant confrontation and tension found in “human” political contexts, this parliament of plants usually comes to a consensus and manages to come to agreements — despite having divergent views — because its members are aware of the importance of taking measures and acting decisively in areas regarding ecology, inclusion, tolerance, and diversity, with the understanding that their administration can only act towards the common good, basing their decisions on the principle of mutual care and support.

Photography: Ángela Losa , María Eugenia Serrano & Lukasz Michalak, Estudio Perplejo / Matadero; Guadalupe Ruiz and BAK/ Swiss Art Awards 2021; Ludger Paffrath / Vitra Design Museum; Melania Dalle Grave / Triennale Milano

Curation: Nina Bassoli / Triennale Milano; Viviane Stappmanns / Vitra Design Museum; Gonzalo Herrero Delicado / Royal Academy London; Ethel Baraona Pohl / Matadero

→ Read the inverview “Human habitats need to accommodate other living beings.” with Viviane Stappmanns, Garden Futures, 2023 (English)

→ Read “The Parliament of Plants and other Cautionary Tales, Where Stories Make Worlds and Worlds Make Stories”, by Céline Baumann in Conversation with Ethel Baraona Pohl, Solitude Journal, 2020 (English)

→ Read the review of “Twelve Cautionary Urban Tales” in El País by Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, 2020 (Spanish)

→ Read the review of “What is radical today?” by George Kafka for Metropolis magazine, 2019 (external link)

→ Limited artist’s proof of the “Parliament of Plants” images available. Edition of 54.2 x 29.7cm, printed on Hahnemuhle Bright White 310g paper 100% cotton, signed and hand-numbered. Contact us for more information.