Based on an original idea initiated by Xavier Barral, it is the result of a long-term collective project involving artists, botanists and scientists and falling within current ecological issues.
Chosen, lit and framed with the greatest care, the seeds photographed by Thierry Ardouin have a morphology that is both necessary and strange, capable of arousing astonishment, questioning or contemplation. From the emergence of agriculture more than 10,000 years ago to the questions raised by today’s hybrid seeds, via the discovery of the uses of seeds acrosscultures and eras, Seed stories explores the challenges of diversity. Most of these seeds come from the collections of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, these wild or cultivate seeds from all over the world fascinate us with their formal beauty.
Histoires de graines (Seed stories)
Texts from Thierry Ardouin, Serge Bahuchet, Marion Chartier, Gilles Clément, Charlotte Fauve, José-Manuel Gonçalvès
336 pages (253 colour photographs)
Editions Atelier EXB
Available at the gallery