SEMILLA FANTASMA



The first series is constructed by cataloging the dust and smaller particles from the bottom of the drawers labeled “Unnamed Fruits” at the S59 warehouse. These debris are photographed using the scientific system based on a grid representation in order to obtain a comparative scale. This series consists of two prints of 71 x 90 cm and four prints of 42 x 30 cm printed on color photographic paper. The second series is an intervention on newspapers used by collectors of botanical species to dry the plant materials, which are discarded once the species are classified in the herbarium. When the plant material remains for a long time trapped in the paper, the volume of the plants is transferred to the memory of the paper fiber, overlapping also with the graphic and narrative content of the newspapers themselves. The series makes a catalog of paths and traces volumes created by the plants on the newspapers, and intervenes with fluorescent pigment, a technique derived from fluorescence imaging techniques to visualize the biological processes that occur on a living organism. This series consists in four photographic prints in color, with a maximum size of 54 x 78 cm.
The last series consists in re-photographing four slides that are part of the personal archive of an ethnobotanist of the RJBM, and that reproduce a botanical expedition to Equatorial Guinea in 1989. These four images have been printed and re-scaled to 60x60 cm size and printed on color photographic paper.








Slide reproduction from the ethnobotanist’s personal archive, expedition to Equatorial Guinea, 1989, Nr. 1 - Digital print, 30 x 30 cm, Ed. of 9 + 2 AP




Photograph intervened with fluorescent pigment, “El Pais” newspaper archive, year XI. Number 3.309 in the RJBM Herbarium, Digital print, 13,5 x 19,5 cm, Ed. of 8 + 2 AP.





Detail of photograph intervened with fluorescent pigment, “El Pais” newspaper archive, year XI. Number 3.309 in the RJBM Herbarium, Digital print, 13,5 x 19,5 cm, Ed. of 8 + 2 AP.






Photograph at scale 2:1 drawer 68, Nr. 05 “Fruits without name”, unclassified colonial archive of the Herbarium of the Botanical Garden of Madrid, S59 - C-print 71 x 90 cm, Ed. of 3 + 2 AP.   




Lost frame No. 4, 16mm film transferred to digital,C-Print, 13,5 x 19,5 cm, Ed. de 5 + 2 AP





Proyecto realizado con el apoyo del programa de las ayudas a la creación y la movilidad del Ayuntamiento de Madrid