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Inside Black Botany: A Conversation with the Curators
In February 2020, Rashad Bell and Nuala Caomhánach co-curated the exhibition Black Botany: The Nature of Black Experience. Using five plants – cotton, peacock flower, rice, the peanut, and the vanilla orchid – the exhibition sought to acknowledge the complex relationship between enslaved Black people, nature and the colonial environment, and to reconsider the conscious omission of Black knowledge of the natural world.

Join Bell and Caomhánach for an important conversation that will explore the complexities of creating an exhibition that elevates Black Excellence and considers pathways towards decolonizing botanical science, cultural institutions, and scientific collections. What does it mean to de-centre Euro-American narratives and reevaluate a whitewashed history where racism, science, and power were inherently entwined?

Feb 23, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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