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FERAL
ASSEMBLAGES






ARTIST Ella Khafaji
FERAL ECOLOGIES
Buddleia davidii, Eichhornia crassipes
LOCATION London, UK


CONCEPT The protagonist of Feral Assemblages is Buddleia davidii, an imported 'exotic' ornamental plant brought to Britain from China in the 19th century to decorate colonial gardens. Escaping the confines of Victorian gardens, it is now ubiquitous across Britain, especially in London’s railway infrastructure, and has been re-classified as an 'invasive species' — mirroring the ways in which colonial history can be obscured by its hypervisibility within the old imperial centre. Khafaji investigates the entangled consequences of the 19th century imperial plant trade and the modification of land through the making of industrial and imperial infrastructure within the metropole and its ex-colonies, as well as the language and classificatory schema which reassigned the buddleia's status to an ‘invasive species’.


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