June Speaker Series

2021-06-29 6.30pm - 7.30pm

The Garden as Museum:
A Brief History of the Accession Tag

Presenter: Víctor Ballesteros

Víctor will present a brief history of the likeness between botanical gardens and cultural institutions such as museums and art galleries.

By focusing on VanDusen Botanical Garden’s use of display labels and accession tags he will discuss how practices such as classification, naming, collecting, and archiving are inscribed in the experience visitors have of the garden and are central to both scientific and cultural institutions alike.


This presentation will be illustrated with photographs and other documents he collected during his residency as a Visiting Artist at the Garden in 2019, as well as by introducing the work of other contemporary artists who investigate institutional practices through photography, film, and sculpture.

Bio: Víctor Ballesteros is an artist and filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. In 2019, while a Visiting Artist at VanDusen Botanical Garden, he conducted research at the garden’s archives on a collection of approximately 60 Chilean plants owned and displayed by VanDusen Botanical Garden and produced a video installation and a series of photographs. Ballesteros studied art and art history at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and at UBC, and his recent projects have been supported by the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Fee: $10