I Am Life and Life is Beautiful

Three films (first iteration)
I. Eden Hotel 15’ 52’’

II. Landwehr Canal 14’ 58’’

III. Friedrichsfelde Cemetery 8’11’’

“Three memorials dedicated to Rosa Luxemburg were visited in Berlin, with the aim of finding some of the plants depicted in the notebooks that compose her botanical collection. A filmed conversation with herbalist and dancer Shelley Etkin weaves body and history in an attempt to unveil the intangible fabrics of patrimony.”

The previous sentence starts each of the three videos produced between 2020 and 2021.
The videos focus on an exploration of plants found around three monuments that honor the memory of Rosa Luxemburg.

A visit with herbalist and dancer Shelley Etkin was done to the aforementioned places in order to find some of the same plants species kept by Luxemburg in her herbarium, while at the same time we had a spontaneous conversation about the plants characteristics, rubrics, healing capacities and symbolic powers. The years during which the plants in Rosa’s herbarium were collectected mark historical events vía a set of texts written in the video, highlighting aspects of Luxemburg’s life, context, and her work as a political dissenter.

Free associations between historical data and the different ways of knowing and working with plants and their characters are an important part of the work’s structure.

Installation views at Galeria Municipal do Porto, 2021


I. Eden Hotel

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II. Landwehr Canal

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III. Friedrichsfelde Cemetery

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