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Image caption: Perdikaki (2019), a film by Catriona Gallagher, 38 minutes, film still

Catriona Gallagher -Visual Artist (Bridget Riley Fellow 2022-23 – British School at Rome) , “An Athenian plant through time: a film screening and artist’s talk”


In 2013 British-Irish artist Catriona Gallagher discovered an unfamiliar plant growing from Athens’ urban fabric: περδικἀκι (perdikaki). She returned to Athens in 2014 to research the prolific yet overlooked weed in drawing, writing, and video. The resulting film, Perdikaki (2019, 38 minutes), traces the plant’s relationship to Athens – from Pliny the Elder’s medicinal descriptions, through the Grand Tour, to the abandonment of the crisis years. The film led to projects such as Athina Garden City, centered on creating an urban garden for A-DASH project space in Neapoli, as well as the artist’s current research at the British School at Rome on the metamorphosis of the mythological figure Daphne.

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Thursday, May 11th at 6pm, Upper House (Director’s Residence)

BSA Friends Lecture
When: 11 May, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EEST
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