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The exhibition ‘Seeds and Souls’ proposes new explorations into the connections between botanical histories, colonial legacies and diasporic experiences.

Sonia Boyce, Crop Over, 2007, Shaggy Bear, 2021. Installation view, ‘Seeds and Souls’, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2023, curated by Christine Eyene. Photography: David Stjernholm.

Presented at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, which was built in the late 19th century on the grounds of Copenhagen’s then botanical garden, the exhibition draws parallels between original soil and vegetation – their extraction, consumption, transplantation, and mutation into new environments – and the phenomena of cultural dispersions anchored within histories that continue to impact us today.

The participating artists reflect on these questions through various forms of tangible and immaterial excavations, the uncovering of overlooked and sometimes contentious histories, and through ‘re-rooting’ as a way of reclaiming agency over these histories and cultural expressions. Visitors can look forward to encounter large scale and sculptural textile installations, video and mixed media pieces, as well as paintings.

Participating artists: Brook Andrew, Shiraz Bayjoo, Sonia Boyce, Ishita Chakraborty, Annalee Davis, Michelle Eistrup, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Linda Lamignan, Yvon Ngassam.

Seeds and Souls is curated by Christine Eyene, Lecturer in Contemporary Art at Liverpool John Moores University and Research Curator at Tate Liverpool.

The exhibition is supported by the Augustinus Foundation, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Obel Family Foundation, the William Demant Foundation, the Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Foundation.

For more information, please visit Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

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