Opening March 20, 2021
Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves presents a prologue to The Florxal Review—a spacious investigative work of postcolonial ethnobotanical literary criticism—in exhibition form. Emerging on this hemisphere’s Vernal Equinox, the exhibition centers the marginalia and material traces of ongoing research. Greaves is inspired by language, machine aesthetics, documentation, systems analysis, radical education, investigative performance art, and Blackness. Through being and study, Greaves seeks to comprehend as the natural world does. She builds a way that generates entities exposed and engaged so that they may change. As our shared winter persists, Greaves reflects on past lessons, present concerns, and future visions asking: What becomes possible when we begin to center and attempt responses to the slow and silent, active and occluded, voices and spirits of the plant life we live alongside? How might what emerges on the page, in our minds, from our mouths, and out of our hearts parallel what we already know? How might we be surprised? In the futures that follow, what might verdancy feel like to all of Earth’s beings, and to all of cosmos’s material and immaterial bodies, when so-called weeds are on the mantle as well as in the crevices?