medium: installation; textile, glass vessels, sprouted seeds, Winogradski columns
colonialism, bio-colonialism, human microbiome, biodiversity, antibiotic resistance
Colonised Body, (installation detail) is informed by colonisation of plant and human territories. Deforestation of pristine regions by early settlers precipitated ecological problems; soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, invasive species and feral mono-cultures. Historic clearing of botanic diversity required remediation via re-vegetation. Similarly, the clearing of beneficial microbiota from human bodies via imprudent antibiotic use and the associated problem of antibiotic resistance may be re-mediated via a ‘re-wilding’ of corporeal terrains. Associate Professor Gulia Pacini in Arboreal Attachments, 2016, suggests, “Planting in our own gardens can help us envision new encounters and non-anthropocentric interactions with all kinds of non-human organisms.” Via intimate interactions with plants, Sperou teases out symbiotic connections and parallels with other organisms and environments.
SALA Festival South Australian Medical Health and Research Institute (SAHMRI) Residency.