Magdalena Kmiecik — a photographer, and Ania Gubernat — a painter are Polish artists who joined forces in order to create a story on plants as a living organisms.
Botanica is an artistic project consisting of photographs and paintings juxtaposed into a fulfilling diptychs. The series was inspired by the theory of an American scientist Clive Backster who claimed over fifty yeras ago, „that plants are in deep emotional contact with people who care about them and love them”, so that they can „think, feel and communicate with each other and people.” After long-term studies in the field of biocommunication, he finally came to the conclusion that plants have a soul. Those statements led the scientist to call him a charlatan, yet his theory started a continuos discourse on plants and their relationship with human.
„For the primitive man, the whole world is animated, and trees and plants are not an exception. All organisms on Earth have a soul, and every soul should be respected. People can have good or bad influence on plants, depending on the good or bad nature of their deeds. In today’s world the feeling of loss of relationship with the world as a whole is growing, but nature, whether we like it or not, still shows that we are part of it. Living organisms are closely interrelated. Plants influence man and vice versa. In nature, living organisms penetrate each other and fit in the wisdom of the superior entirety,” share their thoughts Magdalena and Ania.