Lecture An Evening on Roses

Gelbe Rosen von Waitrose © Sonya Schönberger | Goethe-Institut

Thu, 25.07.2019

Goethe-Institut London

50 Princes Gate
Exhibition Road
SW7 2PH London

Goethe@LUX artist in residence Sonya Schönberger has been researching the impact of the Kenyan cut flowers industry. For this evening she will be joined by Australian artist Gabriella Hirst who has investigated a rose called "Atom Bomb Floribunda”, a rare garden rose which was cultivated and registered in 1953. In the presentation of their findings, both artists will discuss Britain’s most prized ornamental plant, while discussing the geopolitical background story of two specific types of roses.

For this evening, the two artists join together and will present their researches in lectures, each of them reflecting upon the rose in very different ways.
Sonya Schönberger is a Berlin-based artist who combines her studies in social anthropology and experimental media design in her artistic practice. The tracing of historical themes in connection with memories of individual biographies marked by interruptions and shifts is of particular interest to her. Many of her projects have developed out of different archives, either found or created by her. Schönberger works across different media such as photography, theatre, film, installation or audio formats.
Gabriella Hirst is a visual artist from Sydney, Australia. She works with film, installation, performance, and bio-art to untangle romantic associations between art history and landscape. Hirst is researching possible links and associations between botanical and nuclear fields, using her engagement with this highly manipulated species as a vessel to map historical and continuing connections between colonial land exploitation, botanical nomenclature and gardening.

The conversation will be moderated by Maria Palacios Cruz, Deputy Director of LUX.

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„An Evening on Roses“ takes place as part of the Goethe@LUX Artist Residency 2019 and is part of "Your’re Mulchy Green, You’re Verdant Matter", a  series of events and exhibitions at the Slade School of Fine Art, curated by Lea Collet and Rhona Eve Clewes.