Invisible Life Force of Plants

Breath is Invisible

Zone 2 - Notting Hill + Holland Park

236 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London W11 2RH, UK




Public Art exhibition
anytime from 15 Sep-16 Oct

The Invisible Life Force of Plants evolved from research Joy has been doing around economic botany in the 17th -19th centuries and how everyday plants we associate with one place in reality came from another. During that period it was often for reasons of economic, power and pride, played out against the backdrop of transatlantic trade. These materials were transported around the globe for food, medicine, religion, beauty and love. While plants are irreplaceable food resources for humans, we consume plants for other reasons as well. Many food species have a medicinal value due to the plethora of allelochemical compounds they possess. The Invisible Life Force of Plants explores complex everyday histories through the narrative of plants around us, their relationship to human ecology, migration and identity, and as a healing source of solace.

This is the third project in Breath is Invisible - a public art initiative addressing issues of social inequality and injustice in partnership with local community organisations.

Breath is Invisible launched in Notting Hill with an installation of works by Khadija Saye, the young Gambian-British artist who tragically lost her life in the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, aged just 24. Saye’s was the first of three site-specific exhibitions that comprise the project, by artists Martyn Ware, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom and Joy Gregory.

The project’s community partners include Amplify Studios, The Harrow Club and The Khadija Saye IntoArts Programme.

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