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Exhibition - The Greener Side of Grass

Created and curated by the CEH Student and Alumni Group. On display in Aarhus, Denmark from the 22/05/18 to the 28/06/2018.

2018.06.17 | Jon Bendixen

The exhibition "The Greener Side of Grass" was created and curated by the CEH Student and Alumni Group and has been on display in Aarhus, Denmark from the 22/05/18 to the 28/06/2018 in two venues -namely "The Dome of Visions" and "The Aarhus Botanical Gardens".

The aim of the exhibition has been to highlight and communicate the complex interactions between humans and grasses from a perspective that emerges straight from the field of Environmental Humanities. Discussing grass management in the era of the anthropocene is relevant for a number of reasons. First of all because humans are largely dependent on grass for their nutrition as plants such as oats, wheat, corn, barley, rye and rice are nothing else, but edible grass species. These grasses cover a great proportion of the agricultural land use across the planet. Secondly, in a European context, grasslands are biotopes of high ecological and (agri)cultural importance. However, these grasslands are seen increasingly as endangered ecosystems and have therefore been a focal point for nature conservation and protection directives. Lastly, the dominance of turf grass in urban parks, residential areas and private gardens is turning our cities into green deserts, as it is very problematic in terms of urban biodiversity. 

"The Greener side of Grass" consists of seven distinct projects materialised by the Alumni & Student Group of the Centre for Environmental Humanities (CEH), Aarhus University:

- "The True Grasses" by Victor Garcia Palacios

- "Our daily grass" by Dorota Sarikova

- "When the lawn grows the bee dies" by Iro Kalargirou

- "Thoughts of Nature" by Anne Sofie Møller Askholm

- "Here and There: homemaking in a jar" by Armina Dinescu

-"The social lives of grass" by Jeremy Mayall & Sebastian Lowe

-"The wild garden" by Josephine Ellemose Honoré

The exhibition as a whole intends to explore and broaden our perception of a species that is a huge part of our lives as humans.