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A Language of Seeds

14 January 2023 to 4 March 2023

A Language of Seeds is a series of photographs created between May and October 2020 celebrating the artist Léonie Hampton's vegetable garden, family and friends while responding to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM)’s botany collection.

Léonie’s lens captures both the beauty of the natural world while attending to the urgent climate crisis through the tender relationships she creates between human hand, body and mouth, and the food she grows. Children feature in these photographs: their presence reminding us that they are both witnessing and inheriting this man-made climate emergency.

Léonie visited RAMM’s varied botany collections in store where she was introduced to a range of specimens including those from local enthusiasts such as William D’Urban, RAMM’s first curator, and William Keble Martin, best known for his book The Concise British Flora in Colour. These extensive collections come from all over the world, arriving at the museum via travellers and botanic gardens such as Kew. Many of the pressed plants or ‘herbaria’ were chosen by the artist for display here because of their original medicinal properties. Displayed together, Hampton’s photographs and RAMM’s seeds provide a rich context to consider our place in this fragile world and our need to respect, nurture and tread lightly within it.

Commissioned by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) and curated by Lara Goodband, Contemporary Art Curator & Programmer RAMM.

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Léonie Hampton

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    A Language of Seeds

    14 January 2023 to 4 March 2023

    A Language of Seeds is a series of photographs created between May and October 2020 celebrating the artist Léonie Hampton's vegetable garden, family and friends while responding to the Royal Albert...

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