Peregrinations of a Citizen Botanist
An immersive and finely crafted embroidery and audio-visual installation by Susie Vickery takes the form of a cabinet of curiosities.
Charting the journey of the 18th Century French botanist Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière, who came to Western Australia in 1792 on the ship Recherche, captained by Bruni d’Entrecasteaux.
Susie Vickery presents an alternative history of Labillardière’s journey, with the botanist gradually shedding his European preconceptions as he encounters a rich and ancient land.
This exhibition invites viewers to reflect on our relationships with home and history and to imagine an alternative future for the Australian environment at a time of accelerating climate crisis.