The Expedition HD Video, Single-channel installed at BOZAR Museum, Brussels, Belgium. 2018
It is a simple truth.
If plants wither and die,
man will sicken and die with them.
A patient is forgotten as an individual.
Inside a room awash with sounds of birds - for relaxation,
looking at an abstract image on the doctor’s monitor.
During this expedition
I was in a state right between reality and fiction
As if I'm both there…. and not.
On a search for survival.
Perhaps in the attempt for this documentation
of the importance and the knowledge itself is the failure
Inside the home for an estimated 7.000 medicinal plants
A patient is forgotten as individual
The solutions provided are chosen to optimize the
profit margins of pharmaceutical companies.
It is time to examine yourself in the same manner as a botanist examines plants.
During my travel
to the top of the hill in Purworejo Gunung Wangi
I was invited to attend a healing ceremony.
The ceremony was set up for the healing of a young boy
Demons were possessing his body.
There were other symptoms.
The healer, using a mix of white turmeric,
Jasmine flowers, and water.
Scrubbed it over the boy’s body.
The ceremony ends with a prayer for the boy’s health.
After the filming, I understood that
the ceremony was set up for me.
If the practice is real, this ceremony is very real indeed.
But how can one tell in what way his reality has been constructed?
It should also be taken into account
that individual's recording information
about the use of medicinal plants
mix their own cultural perspectives into their interpretation.
But the images of plants used here are often overly simplistic.
It is an illustration.
It is the production of reality in which I was not surrounded by observers.
It will end up in me, HD Video Single-channel color, 22 minutes, 2017
In the works, It will end up in me, Description use of medicinal plants and The Expedition, Monosov, leading us through the Indonesian landscape to encounter indigenous healers. The work addresses bioethical questions and subtly upend the oppositions between science and mythology, documentary and fiction.
About EUROPALIA CURATOR’S AWARD
For the second edition of the EUROPALIA CURATOR’S AWARD in the framework of EUROPALIA INDONESIA, curators Charlotte Dumoncel d'Argence (FR) and Laura Herman (BE) developed the project Natural Capital (Modal Alam), including five participating artists: Martin Belou (FR), Adrien Missika (FR), Rachel Monosov (IL), Offshore Studio (CH) and Adrien Vermont (FR). Both curators and two artists (Martin Belou and Adrien Vermont) went on a one-month residency in Indonesia in order to reflect on issues of biodiversity in the archipelago. The result was presented in the exhibition Natural Capital (Modal Alam), accompanied by an online catalogue (naturalcapital.online).