Magic In Nature
Hannah Collins. Magic in Nature (2013)
Borrachero - Inga tribal name Brugmansia sp (Solanaceae). The plant is a powerful hallucinogenic found in the Amazon basin it is taken with extreme caution in combination with other plants.
Medium: Silver Gelatin print, accompanied by card label, specially produced by Wyvern Bindary, Clerkenwell
Dimensions: paper size 23.8 x 34 cm
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Edition of 25, signed and numbered on the reverse
About the Artwork
This limited edition was created for the Whitechapel Gallery in response to the Karl Blossfeldt exhibition held here in spring of 2013. It is an image from an on-going project started in 2011 with the working title: The Fertile Forest, in which Hannah Collins photographs Amazonian plants used to treat different parts of the human body and through detailed field research with tribes in the Amazon basin creates a kind of corporeal mapping of the corresponding plants of the forest, bringing to our attention the fact that, as well as serving as the lungs of the world, the Amazon basin is our global pharmacy.
Karl Blossfeldt (1865- 1932) is renowned for photographic plant portraits and a fusion of scientific observation, sculptural form and surreal composition that pioneered an artistic style and forged new approaches to modern art and photography.
About the Artist
Contemporary photographer and film maker Hannah Collins lives and works in London and Spain. She is known for her pioneering large-scale photographic installations that capture evocative interiors and landscapes