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Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Recollections)

May 3, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

What does it mean to be labeled invasive? To be considered the wrong kind, unwanted. Artist Jenny Yurshansky will share her work Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Recollections), an artist book that investigates the distinctions between native versus invasive species as determined by The California Invasive Species Advisory Counsel (CISAC). Out of the 600 blacklisted alien-invasive plants, she found 133 which are now indexed in this collection; a group that is simultaneously highly local and totally foreign.

Semantically the use of such terms as invasive and native are loaded. The direct correlation between human population shifts that occur at politically determined borders, rather than those determined by biomes, and the introduction vectors of these species is an area that warrants illumination. Come join the conversation and see Jenny’s artist book in the style of a botanical herbarium. Copies will be available for purchase, $60. Cash, check, or Venmo accepted.

This event is free, but space is limited–Please RSVP

Jenny Yurshansky is an American artist who was born in Rome. She received her MFA in Visual Art from UC Irvine.  In 2017 her artist edition book, “Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Recollections)” was published by Pitzer College Art Galleries. She is the recipient of numerous artist and curatorial grants and has worked extensively internationally. She is the co-founder of Persbo Studio an artist residency, sculpture park, and creative space in Sweden. 

The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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