Lourenço Soares

Of Gardens

text on paper; wallpaper; 2019

The text Of Gardens is organized around the ideas of garden and extinction: how to build a garden and how to imagine the possibility of our own (and others‘) collective death. The garden is an image-diagnosis for western‘s relationship with the earth. Since the Renaissance, the garden is a form to illustrate human control over its environment. This tradition understood the natural world as an economic resource or source of pleasure reserved for human necessities. The current climate destruction can be seen as a symptom of this epistemic construction.