A flimsy is an archival paper material – equivalent to a sheet of newsprint which is used in a plant press to preserve the form, colour and corresponding specimen data that contributes to wider histories of plant life and habitats.
Working from the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI) collection, botanical archives & herbarium, GU Women will make a collective ‘flimsy’, which articulates how artists may work together, through interdependent processes such as care, cultivation, tending and preserving. This will be dispersed across the festival and Art Licks Weekend venues.
The gestures and language involved in preserving and maintaining a body of more-than-human ecological communities presents to us an opportunity to understand and question wider dialogues of growth, feminist ethics of care and production outside of a capitalist agenda.
Entangled within these collections are personal encounters with environmental surroundings, climates and histories in the making. Through exploring the interdependencies within more-than-human communities, this work will consider what we can learn and use to articulate the interdependencies within our current communities, situation or ecology of artists.
South London Botanical Institute
323 Norwood Road, London SE24 9AQ, UK