FLOWERS OF EVIL presents an ongoing artistic research about the coca plant and its journey(s) to Europe. It traces the encounter of a millenary sacred plant with occidental science and its outcome as a sort of a botanical Frankenstein, so desired and praised as feared and persecuted. The installation proposes to rethink the history of cocaine, as an illegal recreational drug and a western construct, to shed light on the effects of imperialism on our relationship to nature.

Evoking the tradition of the display of vitrines in historical exhibitions, the installation seeks to raise questions about representation in the construction of historical narratives and the role of museums in such a process.

Flowers of evil was presented as part of Uno, dois, drei: An exhibtion in three installments curated by Patricia J. Reis and Anna T. for Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory (1) @ Artistic Bokeh (2), MQ

The research is funded by kültüř gemma!

Photographs by: Claudia Sandoval Romero

(1) Mz* Baltazar’s lab is feminist creative space based in Vienna that committed to generating a culture of fearless making! An environment that fosters creativity, activism and provocative thinking!

(2) Artistic Bokeh is an initiative to qualitatively explore, map and extend the electrosphere with parameters of artistic research and development. Artistic Bokeh is cooperation partner of the project Artistic Technology Research and part of the Research Institute for Arts and Technology.

This sculpture representing the bleeding of a Rubber tree is the result of a research concerning the history of the exploitation of Rubber.
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Exhibition view Flowers of evil: Nature and the colonial wound.
Left: Scarification/Coca God, documentation of a performance by Edinson Quiñones.
Right: Bleeding Tree, sculpture, expandable foam, paint and wax by Mariel Rodíguez.