Social Project / Installation (36 species of medicinal plants cultivated using soil from a recently exhumed mass grave from the Spanish Civil War)
Uncover RECOVER is a social artwork and installation that was curated by Blanca de la Torre and developed for Artium, the Basque Museum of Contemporary Art. Inspired in part by Jorge Luis Borges’ Spanish translation of “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman, the project began by contacting Aranzadi, the Basque scientific association that is carrying out the polemic task of exhuming mass graves from the Spanish Civil War. After they agreed to collaborate in my poetic transformation of death back into life, I visited a grave near Pamplona to learn about the exhumation process and to collect the soil that I would later use to cultivate medicinal plants in the museum setting.
If you would like to read more about this project, please consult the following PDFs: