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Ingrid Amaro is a gardener at the Laboratoire d’Aubervilliers, in the North of Paris. She regrets it that we think that a garden is nature. Parks are not nature, they are only esthetics. Also the choices that Amaro as a gardener makes are only esthetic: which plants are destroyed, which ones are trimmed. Amaro makes two analogies with her work as a gardener: The first being that there are two different types of migrants: people and plants. We treat them in the same way: they are taken out if they are not marketable and they grow everywhere. The same jargon applies. Some plants can travel, some seeds are forbidden to take on a flight. Second, she compares her interventions to the invisible hand of capitalism: she makes the whimsical decisions. This is how the garden reflects society. In respect to the Anthropocene discourse and the question of the relation between humans and nature, she expresses her conviction that a change of attitude is necessary: respecting nature, not protecting it. What we do and do not protect is completely arbitrary. Man should be standing on the same level as nature, and be connected to the earth.

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  • Ingrid Amaro

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21/11/2015

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Musée de l’Homme, Paris

is a multidisciplinary artist and landscape architect who engages in the age-old, or even magical techniques of urban gardeners. She has recently created the "Floral Prevention Office", and is the coordinator of "La Semeuse, a platform for urban biodiversity" at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: La Semeuse

is a multidisciplinary artist and landscape architect who engages in the age-old, or even magical techniques of urban gardeners. She has recently created the "Floral Prevention Office", and is the coordinator of "La Semeuse, a platform for urban biodiversity" at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: La Semeuse

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