Black Sea. Kaleidoscope.
Works by Florian Bachmeier (Germany), Artur Bondar (Ukraine), Orhan Cem Çetin (Turkey) and Ramin Mazur (Moldova).
11-20 November 2016 // Kösk // Munich
Plants Without Borders
Life always prefers being near water supplies. Coastal regions around the world have therefore historically been home to civilizations and they have in turn pushed each other away to have superior access to this valuable resource, hence moving, disseminating, shifting boundaries. However, despite the resulting inevitable human mobility and forced dislocations, shifting boundaries have also mixed cultures at a profound scale.
The photo series “Plants Without Borders” by Orhan Cem Çetin, through images of commonly cultivated plants with captions in Turkish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Russian and Georgian (next to Latin), attempts to reveal the fact that despite apparent segregation in terms of national identities and culture, the peoples around The Black Sea (and the rest of the world) share habits and interests for vital ingredients that involve the survival of the human species.
We are a big family artificially compartmented and no other life form on the planet really care about the imaginary borders that us humans have drawn on land, as long as it finds a patch of soil to root into.