Unsettled Bodies. Nature at War
site specific audio and visual installation, 2019
With: Gabriela Baka

Commissioned by Bureau Europa for the exhibition Landscape as cult. A changing new on our nature 28.11.2019 - 03.05.2020 

Unsettled Bodies. Nature at War is an audio and visual installation on the role of bioengineering and antimalarial medications in 19th century Dutch and European colonialism. Combining newly produced pieces and archival material, the work reveals the ways the design of tissues unfolded alongside the horizontal expansion of European empires. Either through the  modification of the chemistry of Cinchona trees in plantations, or the immunisation of the organism of European soldiers, the body becomes a colonial project. Colonialism emerges as the redesign of the surface of the planet to the scale of the organism.