Queer Nature

Queerness in nature can be found everywhere. This ongoing investigation explores the little known, disregarded, and rare intimate behaviour of the botanical world.

Time Frame 2017 - 2020
Exhibitions Manifesta 14 2022, Kunstmuseum Liechenstein 2020, Viper Gallery Prague 2019, Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019
Awards Nomination Future Architecture Platform 2019

The plant kingdom is manifold: with an infinite variety of shapes, colours, textures, and smells, it is allergic to resemblance. The origin of this extreme diversity results from evolution via reproduction, allowing nature to adapt to weather, climate, soil conditions, and predators. Reproduction within plants happens with either vegetative or sexual processes. While vegetative propagation is a method of cloning a new individual from growth material like branches, leaves, or root parts; sexual reproduction allows to evolve by selecting a balance of favourable genetic characteristics and variations. The plants reproducing organ – commonly the flower – is usually their most distinguished characteristic and is often accompanied by various attention-seeking behaviours. It responds to a great diversity of variations: unisexual or bisexual, hermaphroditic or transitionally transgender, those features are also subject to change depending on a number of factors like age, time of day, or environmental conditions. The Queer Nature project result in a living collection of items: pressed and dried specimens, illustrations, pictures, and stories. It addresses persons with interests ranging from art, botany and sociology, and especially those curious by the nature of queerness in general.

→ Read the entry in the catalogue “Otherwise”, Manifesta 14 Prishtina 2022

→ Read the essay “Ce que nous dit l’intimité du kiwi et du crocus” in the independent magazine mille cosmos, 2022 (French)

→ Listen to the podcast “Queer Nature” of the Botanical Mind Online, Camden Art Centre, London, 2020

→ Read the essay “Queer Nature” by Céline Baumann published in the special issue of archithese on queerness, 2020