Uncultivated is a multi-faceted project focused on wild plants within urban landscapes. The project questions the line we draw between cultivated and uncultivated plants, encouraging a more nuanced view of the natural environment we have collectively created in the wake of the way we live in cities, as well as capturing how urban landscapes are evolving over time due to the effects of climate change.
Each photograph has a corresponding webpage containing detailed information on all the plants appearing in them, the location, and the date it was taken and public displays show images taken in the vicinity of the viewer. Public events are created in collaboration with members of the local community and the project is customized for each location in which it is realized.
The project is accompanied by the activities involving audience. So far, it’s taken place, among others, in New Orleans, Washington, Baltimore and Chicago. In its first European presentation – held in Wroclaw within the Eco Expanded City project – the artist will work with Anna Rumińska, the founder and leader of the eMSA Inicjatywa Edukacyjna initiative and the Chwastożercy project. Together they’ll lead a workshop on urban weed-eating for adults and seniors.
The photos of the Wroclaw’s uncultivated plants will be presented, among others, in public transport (in cooperation with the municipal transport company – MPK Wrocław), on billboards and citylights in all parts of the city, displays of the Szewska Pasja street gallery, in the Museum of Natural History, and in the WRO Art Center (on the glass facade and on the ground floor).
Lynn Cazabon creates work using a diversity of media and methodologies, including photography, video, audio, web, mobile applications, installation and public art. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan, and is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally in museums and galleries for the past 20 years and she has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Scholar Award, a Rubys Media Arts Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, individual artists grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, a Future of the Present Grant from Franklin Furnace Archives, a Camargo Foundation Fellowship and a Core Fellowship from the Glassell School of Art/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has received artist residency fellowships from the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture, Playa, Jentel Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, Fundacion Valparaiso, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Yaddo, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Her work is featured in a number of books and exhibition catalogs and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.