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  • Maria Thereza Alves: Seeds of Change
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  • edited by Carin Kuoni and Wilma Lukatsch
  • 2022
  • Published by: Amherst College Press
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In an era of climate change, extractivist economies, and forced mobility, who and what belongs? Throughout her prolific career, Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves has focused precisely on this question. Perhaps her most iconic, generative, and expansive work is Seeds of Change, a twenty-year investigation into the hidden history of ballast flora—displaced plant seeds found in the soil used to balance shipping vessels during the colonial period.

The project examines the influx and significance of imported plants, materializing at port cities across several continents: Marseille, Reposaari, Liverpool, Exeter and Topsham, Dunkerque, Bristol, Antwerp, and most recently New York, where it was awarded the Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. In each city, Seeds of Change has revealed the entangled relationship between “alien” plant species and the colonial maritime trade of goods and enslaved peoples, contrasting their seemingly innocuous beauty with the violent history associated with their arrival. By focusing on ballast flora, Alves invites us to de-border postcolonial historical narratives and consider a “borderless history.”

The first monograph of Alves’s historic project, Seeds of Change is edited by Carin Kuoni and Wilma Lukatsch and features essays by the artist as well as Katayoun Chamany, Seth Denizen, Jean Fisher, Yrjö Haila, Richard William Hill, Heli M. Jutila, J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Lara Khaldi, Tomaž Mastnak, Marisa Prefer, and Radhika Subramaniam.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: Seeds of Change
  2. Carin Kuoni,
  3. pp. 5-7
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  1. Further Exercises in Decolonizing One's imagination: Weaving Common Ground
  2. Maria Thereza Alves and Wilma Lukatsch,
  3. pp. 8-16
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  1. Marseille, France
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Seeds of Change: Marseille, 1999-2000
  2. Maria Thereza Alves
  3. pp. 19-24
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  1. Where ls the Earth in the Herbarium?
  2. Seth Denizen
  3. pp. 25-30
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  1. Resurrection Narratives: Seeds, Bodies, and Viruses
  2. Karayoun Chamany
  3. pp. 31-39
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  1. Migration's Silent Witnesses: Maria Thereza Alves's Seeds of Change, Marseille
  2. Jean Fisher,
  3. pp. 40-46
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  1. Reposaari, Finland
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Seeds of Change: Reposaari, 2001
  2. Maria Thereza Alves
  3. pp. 49-53
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  1. GlobaL Routes to Local Miracles
  2. Yrjo Haila
  3. pp. 54-61
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  1. Germinating Seed Bank and Emergent Vascular Fiora of Ballist Areas in Reposaari, Finland
  2. Heli M. Jutila
  3. pp. 62-74
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  1. Liverpool, England
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. Seeds of Change: Liverpool, 2004
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  3. pp. 77-82
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  1. Exeter/Topsham, England
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. Seeds of Change: Exeter and Topsham, 2004
  2. Maria Thereza Alves
  3. pp. 85-89
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  1. Notes for a Seedy Politics
  2. Radhika Subramaniam,
  3. pp. 90-100
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  1. Dunkerque, France
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. Seeds of Change: Dunkerque, 2005
  2. Maria Thcrcza Alves,
  3. pp. 103-108
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  1. Bristol, England
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Seeds of Change: Bristol, 2007-2016
  2. Maria 1hereza Alves
  3. pp. 111-119
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  1. We Will Emerge from the Flower of the Grave
  2. Lara Khaldi
  3. pp. 120-127
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  1. Monuments, Important Biographies, and Seeds of Change in Bristol
  2. Richard William Hill
  3. pp. 128-134
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  1. Antwerp, Belgium
  2. pp. 135-136
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  1. Seeds of Change: Antwerp, 2009/2019
  2. Maria Thereza Alves
  3. pp. 137-144
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  1. New York, United States
  2. pp. 145-146
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  1. Seeds of Change: New York: A Botany of Colonization, 2017-2018
  2. Maria Thereza Alves,
  3. pp. 147-149
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  1. Exhibition views
  2. pp. 150-165
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  1. Sites as Citations: New Yorks Colonial Past in Ballast
  2. Carin Kuoni
  3. pp. 166-174
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  1. Seeds of Change: New York, A Chronology
  2. pp. 175-179
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  1. A Botany of Decolonization: Countering the Settler Colonial Quest for Indigenous Elimination
  2. J. Kehaulani Kauanui,
  3. pp. 180-189
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  1. The Green Settlers o f New York City
  2. Tomaz Mastnak
  3. pp. 190-205
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 206-209
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  1. Vera List Center for Art and Politics
  2. pp. 210-214
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 215
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  1. Credits
  2. pp. 216-217
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