From the Other Side comprises six delicate hand-made glass sculptures, suspended from the ceiling – materially and metaphorically linked to the fragile state of a displaced person – representing “non-native” plants. The plants (originally from the participants’ home country), initially brought into Canada because of their beauty, are now categorized as “foreign and invasive” by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. They are among the plants that have gone wild, burst through asphalt and grow in alleys and roadsides. Life-size replicas of these plants raise questions about immigration and the validity of concepts such as native and foreign.
The project explores the legacies of botanical exploration, plant-collecting and documentation inherited from colonial scientific expeditions, and includes in-depth fieldwork with refugees and immigrants from the Middle-East and North Africa.