Hinterlands | Sabina Sallis

Archive Shelf Location BALTIC2022M
Publication Date 27 Oct 2022

Sabina Sallis’ work explores art as a sustainable land practice concerned with reconnecting oneself to local ecosystems through plants, healing and cosmologies. As cultural praxis of nurture and care, her work engages the complex entanglement between the human mind, knowledge and more-than-human worlds.

Sallis’ Multispecies Visionary Institute is a project that seeks to harness creativity towards the implementation of alternatives in ways of thinking, making and multispecies flourishing. The Multispecies Visionary Institute invites visitors to experience Apparatus for Resurgence in Trophallaxis, a body of artworks informed by sustainable land practices and a storytelling and healing device that uses cultural therapeutics, herbs, hives and other magical, healing substances to engage the senses. Apparatus for Resurgence in Trophallaxis promotes environmental sensitivity and speculates about forms of sustainable cohabitation and liveable futures.

The project emerged from Sallis’ interest in the Voynich Manuscript (a fifthteenth century illustrated codex hand-written in an otherwise unknown writing system, referred to as 'Voynichese'), permaculture design, earth- based metaphysics and healing practices, and the idea of reindigenising with local ecosystems through involvement with living world and its intangible influences and interests.

For Hinterlands, Multispecies Visionary Institute presents an iteration of the Apparatus as a wild, and abundant system, supercharged by local habitats and bioavailability that celebrates the plant Mater Herbarium – ’the mother of herbs’ commonly known as mugwort. This plant is associated with folklore and magic and is known for its properties of healing and dream inducing. How can mugwort assist us to reconnect with our locality and with mysterious flows of energy and complex networks of multispecies relationships, and quantum intimacy in order to build a world in tune with nature?

Format MPEG 4
Related Artist Sabina Sallis
Category Group Exhibition/Multiple Artists
Keywords BALTIC Level 3: Art Space, Ecosystems, Landscapes, Care, Mythology, Folklore, more than human relationships, Time, Custodianship, Flora (plants), Healing, Sustainability, foraging
Related City/Region North East (of England)
Related Event Hinterlands (22 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)
Related Gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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