"Endangered (artificial) herbarium" presents local plants threatened with extinction and reflects on the future preservation of these species.
This poetic work is made up of a triptych of suspended transparent Plexiglas sheets, reminiscent of SD memory cards.
Using an innovative caustic technique, these panels reveal silhouettes of plants on a surface when light shines through them.
Each panel presents the image of a local plant species (Apium Nodiflorum, Papaver Occidentale, Dryopteris Cristata) threatened by climate change or the destruction of its habitat, and in serious risk of disappearing forever. Letters are also engraved in the plexiglass, corresponding to the Latin name of each plant.
Endangered Herbarium was created from scans of plants in the collection of the Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden in Fribourg.
For the exhibition at the Kornhaus Forum, Fragmentin has designed a scenography reminiscent of a laboratory environment: three studio lights on tripods represent an artificial sun at three different times of day. Their pink phyto lamp - emitting UV light, akin to the process of photosynthesis - switches on and off to change the appearance of the herbarium over the course of the day.
In an era of uncertain digital data storage, a vital question arises: Can we save this biosphere on time, or will these fragments of plants etched in this transparent material remain the last tangible traces?
Fondation Vaudoise pour la Culture
Swiss Cultural Fund UK
Art Foundation Pax
Canton de Vaud
Ville de Lausanne
Ville de Renens
Migros pourcent culturel
Arts at CERN
Hospitalité artistique de Saint-François
Swiss Alpine Club SAC