Following in Plantain's Footsteps

Participatory performative inquiry
2017, 2018

This work takes up Potawatomi botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer's call for settler societies to unlearn the mindset of colonization through learning from plants.

I hosted several happenings for humans to enter into dialogue with the plant known as ‘White Man’s Footprint’ or Common Plantain. Plantain is a non-native plant that followed early European settlers to Turtle Island. It is regarded with the special designation ‘naturalized’, reflecting its ability to co-exist with native ecology in useful and non-invasive ways.

Through attention, drawing and mapping our sensory experience, we conversed with Plantain as a way to explore pathways to being HERE in a time/place of ecological crisis and unresolved settler colonialism.

I created this work in collaboration with Plantain, herbalist Danielle Gehl and respected elder Carol Tyler.

Exhibition History
Mashkiki Gitigaan, Guelph 2017. Performed along the Eramosa River with Danielle Gehl.
Lisa Hirmer: Of Containers and Firestarts , Cambridge Galleries 2018. Performed at RARE Charitable Research Reserve with Carol Tyler.

Photos:  Chelsea Brant, Lisa Hirmer and Christina Kingsbury.