Mónica Rivas Velasquez

My PhD project centres on a speculative productive fusion of contemporary art practice, botanical research, autobiographical narratives and political histories, past and present, within the context of my native Colombia.

My research focusses on the plants Espeletia, Brugmansia Arborea and Mimosa Pudica in an attempt to attend to the multi-layered complexity that each species unfolds and to chart the affective responses that these encounters with the botanical world unlock. By an interweaving of practices such as drawing, writing, installation and public readings, my research aims to further the exploration and experimental articulation of plant-human relations.