A Garden for Rosa
Site-specific installation, 2021, 32 sorts of flowers planted in soil, ⌀ 250 cm
Revolutionary intellectual and anti-war activist Rosa Luxemburg spent time in three prisons in Poland and Germany during the final years of her life – one of which was the Women’s Prison in Berlin. While imprisoned, she regularly collected, pressed, and glued flowers and leaves found in the prison’s yard as well as plants that she received from friends who visited. The result was 17 notebooks filled with dried plants, meticulously arranged and annotated with the specimens' German and Latin names alongside short descriptions. In 1919, she was murdered by German paramilitary soldiers and her body was thrown into the Spree river in Berlin. 'A Garden for Rosa' consists of a flowerbed with an assortment of plants that Luxemburg gathered while incarcerated in Berlin. Thirty-two species of flowers are planted on one of the grassy banks along the Spree river, bringing her floral collection from the page to real life.