The Artemisia Institute is pleased to announce our innagural exhibition. Each year, the institute will present a show on a theme related to one of our research streams. This year the exhibition is titled ROOT SHOCK, research stream is MIGRATIONS AND MOBILITIES.

Root shock, or transplant shock, is a term from botany that refers to a number of stresses occurring in recently transplanted trees and shrubs. It involves failure of the plant to root well, consequently the plant becomes poorly established in the landscape (Pecknold 2001).

Dr. Mindy Fullilove (2004) applied this term to displacement of people, where she says

“Root shock, at the level of the individual, is a profound emotional upheaval that destroys the working model of the world that had existed in the individual’s head.Root shock undermines trust, increases anxiety about letting loved ones out of one’s sight, destabilizes relationships, destroys social, emotional, and financial resources, and increases the risk for every kind of stress-related disease”(p 38).

This exhibition will expand on Fullilove’s use of this term, thinking about how it relates to migration, displacement, connection to land base, and ecological grief. This exhibition seeks to showcase work that engages critically with these ideas in ways that are rooted in interrogating colonialism and marginalization.

We invite proposals that work with this theme and can fit into an 18x18x4 inch drawer. 8 drawers will be stored and transported in a cabinet constructed to fit in the Research-Creation Vehicle Putt Putt. This R/C/V will bring the group exhibition to both art spaces and public areas.

Submissions Due: Friday 2 August 2019 Please use this submission form.

Selected artists will receive an artist fee and 3 copies of the exhibition catalogue.

The Artemisia Institute and the Root Shock exhibition are supported by the CRD Arts Development Service.