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De Faun | CLOSED
2017

De Faun | CLOSED

Kate Robertson

RECORDING THE MEDICINAL PLANTS OF SIWAI, BOUGAINVILLE (2016)

Siwai is a region on the island of Bougainville, which belongs to Papua New Guinea but has an independent status. Life here is threatened by big changes in the political situation, culture and technology. Concerns are held about the erosion of traditional knowledge in an increasingly modern and globalised society. Kate Robertson captures the old knowledge of Siwai’s medicinal plants and their scientific and cultural-medicinal qualities. She works with a special photographic process: in her lumen prints the leaves are not only exposed, they also enter into a direct chemical reaction with the photographic paper. The story that flows through the veins of the leaves thus becomes a chronicle for future generations. She collaborated with the local community and their chiefs, who contributed their knowledge, to reunite with a lost tradition of medicinal herbs.

Biography

Kate Robertson (Australia, 1981) gained Bachelor’s degrees in Photography at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and at the RMIT University in Melbourne, where she also obtained a Master of Arts and is currently working on her PhD. Her work is held in various public collections and has been exhibited in Australia, New York and Berlin.