BOTANICA

2011



Photographs of wild plants growing in my surroundings in Berlin. Many of these plants are in general barely perceived, and grow almost completely unnoticed in the corners and recesses of the city. They are omnipresent without thereby becoming familiar.
This piece is based on botanical drawings and illustrations from the 17th century. Before the advent of photography, these images, which show incredible attention to detail, were used primarily for the scientific determination of plants, and in spite of making an extremely realistic impression they constitute an idealized form of representation.