05.11.2022, 14:30—16:00

Harvesting — Finissage of the exhibition

This afternoon we look back at the project Grassroots — Seeds for (x)change and we end the exhibition while collectively preparing for the last phase of the project. Together with participants De Onkruidenier will prepare the dried grasses of the exhibition in order to use them during a workshop by Suzanne Bernhardt on November 26th. The harvested experiences and memories of the project will be shared during these collective preparations, and we will reflect upon the grasses that are present in our direct environment. (Participants of this event will be asked to bring their own pair of scissors)


When you look at grasses, you see one of the most common plant species in the Netherlands. When you look even closer, you see that this plant is rooted and intertwined with all kinds of themes in our daily lives: from our food system to the migration of culture, from politics and economy to the climate. With seeds for (x)change, the second chapter of the project Grassroots, the Onkruidenier reflects on this layering by highlighting grasses in Spangen on a hyperlocal level. Can we see grasses as storytellers of complex (global) food and climate issues? We explore how grasses locally create a different form of exchange and connect us socially from different (grass) perspectives. From lovegrass to wall barley. From determination to wind trading. From the book of hours, to sidewalk culture.

Since the summer of 2021, de Onkruidenier has rooted in Spangen to learn from different grassroots and grassroots initiatives. With Grassroots, de Onkruidenier unfolds a (social) ecosystem centered around (ex)change. This is the last weekend to see the exhibition. On the 26th of November the last event of the public program will take place.


Seeds for (x)change

Seeds for (x)change is supported by the Municipality of Rotterdam, the VriendenLoterij Fund, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Mondriaan Fund.