GHOST SEEDIn the second basement of the herbarium of the Botanical Garden of Madrid is located the storage “S59”, a warehouse from the historical herbarium that gathers botanical material mostly coming from the eighteenth and nineteenth century mainly from the former colonies, that for several causes cannot be cataloged, assembled as discards, this vegetal matter constitutes a blind spot within the official archive. 

“Ghost Seed” is an installation that is composed by a series of prints of variable dimensions, produced through the intervention of discarded and leftovers archival materials that come from the deposit “S59”.


1Colonial Dust, Series 
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. 

2Newspapers, Series 
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. 

3Slides, Series
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.