To Marie / Aan marie 
2021 -  in progress
Series of A5 papers in plastic sleaves with paper tape and 120 pelargoniums

On 10 July 2021, I received the most extraordinary birthday present I could have imagined. At midnight, my housemate handed me a plant and told me very proudly that it was the plant of the mother of Jef Geys. After the initial shock of owning a plant that had passed through the hands of an artist who has so far been very important to my own artistic practice, Jef Geys, I started thinking about Geys' mother and registering her plant. Curious where it might take me, I followed the plant's example.

Spending a lot of time on the plant and its naming created a series of questions about the status of women, the position of the plant in our culture and society, its link to social class or nature, and what the right name for it might be. The project tells a story about an ordinary plant and ordinary people. How does a collective memory cause miscommunication? And what happens if it does not matter what your real name is if others call you differently?

The project will continue to grow as long as the plant lives.

The project contains a series of A5 plastic covers with images, text, photocopies and screenshots of conversations. This form of presentation refers to the work of Jef Geys, his archiving and presentation of collections, drawings, notes and work through the years. It is connected to the glass window by paper tape and numbered from left to right. To make a connection between the work in the foreground and the city drawing by artist Philip Aguirre at the back, the floor of the display case is filled with Pelargoniums. These strongly indicate the local nature of the work and build a bridge between the photos in the work, taken in Brussels, and the streets in Aguirre's work.

Vitrine Raad Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommisie, July - August 2022 


Frist draft Exhibition REMENISCENCES, GC De Zeyp.