5251 Oak Street Vancouver BC V6M 4H1 CA

Start date: Tuesday, June 29 2021.


 On Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Resource person: learn@vandusen.org

Location: Via Zoom


In this talk, Víctor Ballesteros will present a brief history of the likeness between botanical gardens and cultural institutions such as museums and art galleries. By focusing on VanDusen Garden’s use of display labels and accession tags – the tiny labels usually found hanging from trees or standing right next to flowers on plant beds around the garden – Ballesteros 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.


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.


Available: Available

Price: $10.00 Taxes not included

Notes: Pre-registration is required. This course will take place online, and recordings will be available for a limited time to participants. Online course log-in details will be sent 24 hours before course date.

More information: Speaker: Victor Ballesteros

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