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	Barley Collection, Vavilov Institute for Plant Industry, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Dornith Doherty
    born 1957
    born: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Barley Collection, Vavilov Institute for Plant Industry, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2012
  • Archiving Eden: the Vaults
  • Where object was made: United States
  • archival pigment photograph
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 101.6 x 81.3 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 40 x 32 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2018.0011
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Exhibition Label:
"Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World", 27-Mar-2018
This group of photographs is selected from photographer Dornith Doherty’s ongoing project Archiving Eden: the Vaults, which documents many of the world’s seedbanks. Seedbanks play a vital, if precarious, role in protecting the Earth’s genomic heritage. The stored seeds must be germinated periodically to test their viability. Doherty explains the genesis of this ongoing photographic project:

“Spurred by the impending completion of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, I initiated Archiving Eden: the Vaults in 2008 to explore the role of seedbanks and their preservation efforts in the face of climate change, the extinction of natural species, and decreased agricultural diversity. Serving as a global botanical backup system, these privately and publicly funded institutions assure the opportunity for reintroduction of species should a catastrophic event or civil strife affect a key ecosystem somewhere in the world.”