Ride the Snake to the Lake

Solo show at the Cazul 101 in Bucharest, Romania, 2020.

Biophilia Hypothesis is the human instinctive need to connect with nature and other living beings.
How many plants do you encounter every day? How many plants do you have at home? Where did they come from? How did they get to you?
We are gathering nature like collectables with latin names that give us joy and pleasure every time we take time to tend to them. Curating our own eclectic jungle in our little homes in the middle of concrete jungles. Disillusioned with the world around, we withdraw inside with our understanding green friends or we wander into the little green areas we find in the cities or around them.
In this exhibition I follow a few tales from the eventful life of plants around me.

One story tells that Brassai Samuel used to go in the botanical garden’s green house by night and sit on the huge leafs of Victoria Amazonica. Sometimes he would fall asleep and dream of an underground place where a snake lived. There was a lake filled with flowers that would never close in the crepuscule. People would just appear on the shore and be fascinated by the plants but when they saw the snake some were scared away while others approached him gently and sat on his back. The snake would transport them across the lake through Victoria’s blooming flowers. (from “Imaginary Lexicon of Cluj” by Magdalena and Ludomir Franczak)
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Saussurea Porcii, an endemic flower from the Rodnei Mountains went extinct about 100 years ago due to excessive grazing in the area. It was surprisingly found in the past few years but only in small bunches and it's still in great danger because it's surrounded by 9 sheepfolds.

Nymphaea Lotus var. Thermalis is an endemic flower from the thermal lake at 1 Mai, near Oradea. After ’89 many new hotels and resorts were built in the area, profiting from the thermal spring which in time led to the drying up of the spring and the lake. Since 2011 the lake has started to freeze in the winter and slowly it dried out and after 2014 Nymphaea no longer has a place to grow.