The work DIASPORAE (2021) explores a non-linear perspective on species migration and the botany of desire. The main protagonist is the fragrant nutmeg spice and its environment, such as the nutmeg pigeon, tropical rainforests, the Dutch East Indies Company, colonial explorers and their narrations, exoticism, the legends of spice, and the exploitations that accompanied the lucrative corporate colonial system.

Video edit: Simone Serlenga

Commissioned by ICA in the context of the exhibition ponds among ponds at NYU Shanghai, China, 2021 and Sonsbeek 20-24, Arnhem, Netherlands, 2022

Image: Anne Duk Hee Jordan and Pauline Doutreluingne, DIASPORAE, 2021, Photo: Joe Clark