Curatorial Statement by Curator in Residence, Cecilia Andre:
Branching Out: Trees as Community Hosts:
Many species depend on and thrive under the canopy of a single tree. Within a tree resides an entire ecosystem of species that interact in mutualistic arrangements benefiting one another. nevertheless this same tree is susceptible to parasites that may drain this system’s riches
Maintaining this protective interdependence is what will yield resources for continued human life on the planet. In the same way, the equilibrium of a protective social tissue leads to a healthy community.
The AnkhLave Garden Project aims to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities that experiment with many possibilities of interactions within their “canopies”. This project will examine ideal protective canopies, or the lack of thereof, and its effects on the sustainability of trees and communities.