Japanese Knotweed

Plant art, culture and politics

Some plants are exchanged as tokens of love, some are glorified as national emblems, while some are labeled as 'invasive' or 'pest'. We hope to plant some seeds of doubt regarding the conventionally accepted botanical labels and cultural consumption of specific plants in the Netherlands, and beat around the bush for a while as we expand our focus on the contexts in which such knowledge is formed.

Let us step into the messy jungle of contested meanings, conflicting interests, political agendas surrounding plants — the rich and dense culture of nature.