A Tree's Worth

A Tree's Worth

This exhibition raises complex ideas around earth rights, voice agency and the capacity of trees.

Language frames the way in which we see the world. Recently, the term 'ecosystem services' has become a way to describe the important role nature plays in 'supporting' humans.

Often criticized for language that commodifies nature, giving it a monetary value to be bartering with, it also gives nature a bartering force within the governance structure that exists.

A Tree's Worth questions the paradox of language, exploring the role that data may play in the human journey of learning to listen to trees, simultaneously celebrating trees and their 'worth' in society. 

This exhibition raises complex ideas around earth rights, voice agency and the capacity of trees to mitigate a changing climate through the collaboration between artists, planners and policy makers.

Writers-in-residence:

  • Dr Jeanine Leane
  • Ailsa Wild

Featured artists:

  • Selena De Carvalho
  • Office of Other Spaces
  • Aviva Reed
  • Briony Barr
  • Sofia Sabbagh
  • Damien Wright

A Tree's Worth is supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project: "Seeing the good from the trees: remotely sensing the urban forest".

Image: Sofia Sabbagh. Kookaburra Sits on an Old Powerline, 2018 (detail). Eucalyptus leaves, ink, paint on paper. 19 x 68 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Contact

Counihan Gallery
Moreland City Council
Phone: 9389 8622
Email: counihangallery@moreland.vic.gov.au

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