Horniman exhibition 'explores our deep-rooted relationship with the natural world'

Horniman, The Collective [pic: Chris Egon Searle]

The new social arts space at London's Horniman Museum and Gardens is to open with an exhibition that 'explores our deep-rooted relationship with the natural world'.

Launching the opening of The Studio on October 20th will be The Lore of the Land​, a show co-curated by artist Serena Korda as part of a Collective of local community members and the Horniman team. It sounds pretty exceptional: it features an immersive, multi-sensory installation featuring large-scale ceramic works called Sensitive Chaos, incorporating bulbous organic forms, plant matter, scents inspired by essential oils sourced from plants in the Horniman's own gardens, and a soundscape based on recordings of plants and trees' chemical processes.

Horniman Museum Lore of the Land Image courtesy of the Horniman Museum and Gardens

A hundred objects from the Horniman's anthropology collection will also be on display, to help us understand the relationships between humans and plants and water. You'll be able to see a statue of African deity Mami Wata, zoomorphic Oudh figurines, a dowsing stick, and a rare copy of the first ever photographically illustrated book ​Photographs of British Algae by Anna Atkins (above, image courtesy of Horniman Museum and Gardens).

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