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1. #landscapearchitecture @bilbao, 2016
> Azkuna Zentroa | EN, ES, EU


A walk through Bilbao's anarchic, improptu gardens that are in the process of disappearing. Coming into existence during the city's most industrial period, these spaces were, and continue to be, places of resistance and refuge on Bilbao's mountainous and post-industrial landscape. We will visit the neighbourhood of Bolueta on the outskirts of Bilbao, an area whose transformation is in full swing.

View of the gardens.


2. Cortaderia selloana, 2017
> Bilbaoarte | EN, ES, EU
> Cortaderia selloana > Publication printed for open studios


The invading plant Cortaderia selloana arrived in Spain at the end of 1940s, right in the post-war context. The lack of food and the exclusion of Spain from the UN forced the country to import products from Argentina, one among very few countries that recognized Franco’s government. The seeds seemed to be mixed with the wheat that was sent in. The species was already described in the 50’s in some fields close to the port of Santander. As of the work with these invading plants, the points of view have been expanded during the development of the project, laying out a new look on the self-representation of globalization and the neocolonial cultural processes that have taken place along the contemporary history (dialectics between nature and humanity), and the back-and-forth consequences occurring from these.

Cortaderia selloana seeds.


3. #fluggarten @kitzscher, 2018
> Kultur Bahnhof | DE
> #FALLOPIAJAPONICA > Publication: the images show the scan made on the night on August 6, 2018 of the plant of the species Fallopia japonica located at: 51°20’51.0“N 12°19’40.3”E


#fluggarten @kitzscher is a construction of a xeriscape garden consisting of neophyte plant species chosen from the recognition and study of naturalized plants in the Kitzscher area, taking into account their history and origin in relation to garden beautification. The selection is based on the species rooted in this ecosystem and they could be considered, in most cases, as typical of this landscape, but which originally come from territories strongly affected by the colonization of the European empires. In this sense, the case of invasive plants can be observed as an example of our own world, where the human tries to take control of the environment, and the invasive plants represent the entropy of the supposedly controlled systems. A there-and-back effect where aspects of economic or geopolitical expansionism have resulted in environmental paradoxes through which the colonizing countries have been invaded by fauna and flora from the colonized countries.

Fallopia japonica in Leipzig, the selection of this plant is because it probably first grazed in Germany in 1872 from the site of an abandoned garden center near Zwickau, a city next to Leipzig.