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https://www.fastcoexist.com/3066328/inside-the-hard-life-of-the-modern-bee

Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco want you to rethink weeds. The artists run the Next Epoch Seed Library, a seed bank stocked with specimens from vacant lots, sidewalks, and superfund sites in the New York City area. The plants tend to get torn out or doused with herbicides—but they also help stabilize soil, suck up carbon, and keep cities cooler as the climate changes.

Wild city plants also help support pollinators like bees in urban areas—which is why the seed library is part of a new exhibit called Nectar: War upon the Bees at Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

“We’re trying to help validate and help people engage with these wild plants that are often called weeds," says Irons. "And to think about them as habitat, think about them as these really valuable parts of green infrastructure . . . that would also be beneficial for a whole suite of nonhumans, including bees.”

Image: Suzanne Anker, Twilight, 2016, courtesy of the artist. Photography: Raul Valverde

NECTAR
9 December 2016 – 11 February 2017
Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10011 USA

The faster, bigger, cheaper approach to food that is slowly draining our planet’s resources and compromising our health has also attracted the attention of a large number of artists internationally. Merging their aesthetic and social practice, these artists could fit in the expanded field of the “aesthetic of engagement”.

Curated by:
Berta Sichel and Barbara Krulik (Bureau Phi Art Projects)

Artists:
Suzanne Anker (USA)
Kelly Heaton (USA)
Marine Hugonnier (France)
Ellie Irons (USA)
Juan de Junco (Spain)
Lucia Madriz (Costa Rica/Germany)
Beth Moyses (Brazil)
Anne Percoco (USA)
Luis Fernando Ramirez Celis (Colombia)
Carlos Schwartz (Spain)