Vegetal Matrix: Decolonial Botany Workshop by Patricia Domínguez

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An experimental session of plant representation, looking to connect with other minds and new ways of seeing and perceiving, beyond the rational gaze.

Vegetal Matrix: Decolonial Botany Workshop proposes a series of critical references to break down the scientific language of botany and its traditionally western-centric viewpoint. By reviewing referents of plant representation from artistic, indigenous, and spiritual points of view, this session seeks to experiment with connection and representation in the plant world. Participants will consider methods to decolonise botanical language and engage in a session of experimental plant drawing.

"In collaboration and assisted by a non-human world, we have inhabited throughout the centuries in a Vegetal Matrix, which contains information to expand our consciousness and reconnect us with the planetary memory." Patricia Domínguez.

Materials needed:

  • white paper
  • coloured pencils and/or watercolours
  • a plant (or a piece of the plant or a picture of the plant)

This workshop is inspired by Patricia Domínguez’s work for Rooted Beings, on show at the Wellcome Collection from 25 March onwards, and is aimed at those with interests in multispecies communication, plant intelligence, and experimentation. Domínguez will be in residence at Delfina Foundation in partnership with Wellcome Collection.


Allado-McDowell, K. and Okojie, I., n.d. Pharmako-AI. Ignota Books. pp. 21 – 40.

Muñoz, Angélica, “Perceptive Activity’, A Plant Encounter: Patricia Domínguez, Ingela Ihrman and Eduardo Navarro, 2021. pp. 16 – 24.

Pratt, Marie Louise, “Science, planetary consciousness, interiors”, Pratt, Marie Louise. Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation, 1992. pp. 1 – 37.

About the event

Free. Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

We are unable to provide British Sign Language interpretation for this event.

The duration of the event is three hours. A rest break is included. Seating is available.


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This event will take place in The Studio and is wheelchair accessible.

There are no audio descriptions for this event.

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Safety during your visit

Due to COVID precautions, please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms, or is awaiting test results.

Please observe social distancing.

Staff will be wearing face masks; all visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask in all areas (unless medically exempt).

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Patricia Domínguez Claro (b. 1984, Santiago, Chile) is an artist, educator, and defender of the living.

Her studies include a Master’s Degree in Studio Art from Hunter College, New York (2013) and a Botanical Art & Natural Science Illustration Certificate from the New York Botanical Garden (2011).

Recent exhibitions include Screen Series, New Museum, NY; Rooted beings, Wellcome Collection, London (all 2022); Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; Transmediale, Berlin; La Casa Encendida, Madrid (all 2021), How to tread lightly Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid; Madre Drone, CentroCentro, Madrid, and Cosmic Tears, Yeh Art Gallery, New York (all 2020); Green Irises, Gasworks, London; MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, Montreal; The trouble is staying, Meet Factory, Prague (all 2019); What is going to happen is not ‘the future’, but what we are going to do, ARCOMadrid; Working for the Future Past, SEMA, Seoul (both 2018), among others.

She has recently contributed to books such as Health (MIT Press/Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art, 2020), Season 1 Episode 3 for st_age from TBA21 (2020) and was the recipient of the SIMETRIA prize to participate in a residency at CERN, Switzerland (2021). She is currently director of the experimental ethnobotanical platform Studio Vegetalista.

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