The Hortus project and book is an open investigation into the nature of seemingly common objects through ‘Floriography’, urban gardens of West Amsterdam, and the history of female rights. The Hortus aims to acknowledge not only the aesthetic side but also the socio-political role of plants in the world’s history, emphasising the fact that Botany was one of the first university courses women were allowed to take in the 19th century. By processing the visual and ideological heritage of botany, I also give a glimpse into my artistic research.
In my artistic practice, I use my background in documentary techniques to focus on what I call ‘investigating reality’. I decode abstract notions such as love, tourism, bureaucracy, politics and feminism with the use of constructed images, sculptures, books, video, performance and installations.
At This Art Fair, I will exhibit 8 large-format photographic works, sculptures and the Hortus book.
My works are acquired by the Rijksmuseum, FOAM, Fotomuseum Winterthur and Martin Parr Foundation. I participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and received several grants. I won the Dutch Photo Book Prize, FotoFestival Naarden Award, FOTO WIEN Photobook Award, PHotoEspaña 2019 Discoveries Award, and was nominated for the Zilveren Camera Storytelling prize, FOAM Talent 2019, shortlist.www.lilialuganskaia.com