The History of Monstera Deliciosa was developed in spring 2014, within the framework of the project Contamination of Evidence, a collaboration between Art Lab Gnesta and The Swedish History Museum in Stockholm.
The piece consisted of two photographs showing a Monstera plant at the Museum in 1943 and 1963, a Monstera plant from the history museums office, and an essay that was read out in connection to other events at the Museum. The essay discussed the museum’s ambitions to construct a linear view of history, in relation to the global history of the Monstera Deliciosa – an imported plant originating from South America. An important perspective was the metaphorical meaning of the “monster”, a creature in European cultural history, that has often marked the border between the known and the unknown, the categorized and the non categorized.
Read the essay here the-history-of-monstera-deliciosa