The Garden Underground

Clancy, Tony ORCID: 0000-0003-0525-6710 (2016) The Garden Underground. [Show/Exhibition]

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Text (A retrospective reflection on the Garden Underground exhibition and project, with impact data, writing on the project, press links, images and a piece of writing on typologies in gardens)
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Abstract

The Garden Underground Event: Exhibition in Jor Bagh Metro Station, New Dehli Dates: March 19th – June 18th 2016 Partners in organising the exhibition: The India Habitat Centre, Delhi, Delhi Metro, University of Gloucestershire. Artists exhibiting work: Juhi Saklani, Arati Kumar-Rao, Tony Clancy. Additional text by Anita Roy Curator : Tony Clancy Additional events: Event with talks and discussions around the exhibition at the Habitat Centre, Delhi, 19th March 2016. Speakers: Dr Alka Pande, Tony Clancy, Anita Roy, Juhi Saklani. (Videos of these talks on the repository.) Workshop on photography and gardens, Habitat Centre, Delhi on 17th March 2016 (10 participants). Work exhibited: 3 large lightboxes: 1. The Digital Bouquet by Tony Clancy. Dimensions: A composite digital image, inspired by Dutch 16th Century flower paintings. 2. The Desert Rock Garden by Arati Kumar Rao. Dimensions: Image and text about the flora and fauna in the Desert Rock Garden, Jodhpur, India, an area around the walls of the Marharasha’s palace in Jodhpur that was planted with an invasive shrub in the early 20th Century, and that has now been reclaimed and replanted with original native plants. 3. Let the Business of the Garden Begin by Juhi Saklani. Dimensions: A composite of images of gardeners who look after the local public parks, and small details of garden tools. Quotes from the gardeners. Images printed in cyanotype and salt print processes then scanned for reproduction. 4. 5 framed images by Tony Clancy. Images of tradescanthia flowers printed as cyanotypes and salt prints. 5. 2 framed images by Tony Clancy of plants common to India and UK, black and white prints, hand tinted. Overview of themes. The exhibition was aimed at the large public who use the metro station, and was in part designed to visually enhance a functional public transport space. Texts accompanying the works were in both English and Hindu, and these opened up the ideas and research behind the exhibition. These included how the gardens that we enjoy are themselves the result of a long history of human migration, military invasion and colonialism. Plants move around the world, carried either intentionally or unintentionally by mankind. The Dutch flower painting (referenced in The Digital Bouquet) for all its associations with conventional ideas of beauty, is a demonstration of colonial trading and power relations (exemplified in the inclusion of eg, tulips and peonies, brought to Europe from Asia and traded as exotic commodities). Elsewhere this process of relocating flora can have disastrous consequences, as is the case with Merangarh fort in Jodhpur, where the Baavlia tree was imported from Mexico and quickly displaced native species – Arati Kumar Rao’s work in the exhibition documents the result of a conservation project to remove the invasive shrub from an area to allow the original plants to re-establish themselves. The final lightbox by Juhi Saklani gives a voice to the human workers, women and men, whose work enables gardens to exist.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: Tony Clancy curated this exhibition as well as exhibiting in it (see related artefacts 'Cyclamen' 'Coleus' 'Cornflowers' 'The Digital Bouquet' and 'Tradescantia: 1 - 5' ).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tony Clancy, Arati Kumar-Rao, Juhi Saklani, Anita Roy, Alka Pande, the garden underground, gardens
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Subjects: T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Art and Design
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Creative Practice as Research
Depositing User: Tony Clancy
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 12:14
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2018 14:47
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4441

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