Urban Growths: Positions in Contemporary Plant Photography

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BERLIN.- Ideas grow, cities grow, plants grow. This year the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation is dedicating its summer exhibition, titled Urban Growths, to a surprising aspect of contemporary photography. The group show brings together six contemporary positions in photography dealing with the complex theme of plants in the city. With Urban Growths. Positions in Contemporary Plant Photography the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation is continuing its series of exhibitions featuring contemporary photographers, who—in keeping with Alfred Ehrhardt’s thematic focus—examine nature and the construction of the natural. In his 2006 Handbuch der wildwachsenden Großstadtpflanzen (Handbook of Wild growing Metropolitan Plants) the Leipzig artist Helmut Völter managed to redefine the floral in urban space. “At first glance the city is an alien, if not hostile, environment for plants. The bare ground that remains in betwee