Leave No Stone Unturned [Remuer la terre] is an upcoming collective exhibition that highlights the links between plants and politics in Morocco and other countries of the global South, while rejecting the idea that nature is ornamental and neutral. By scratching the visible surface to plunge into the interstices and gaps of history, the selected works show plants are intertwined in power networks and suffer from the paradox of being knowledge resources simultaneously accessible and subjected to processes of invisibility. While human impact on climate and environmental change is increasingly asserted and made evident in public and scientific debates, still few institutions and individuals explore in depth the largely underestimated relations between plants and politics.

Rejecting the assumption that nature is a decorative, nay passive, element detached from geopolitical contingencies, the exhibition Leave No Stone Unturned [Remuer la terre] emphasises that nature – considered as including seeds, trees and soil – is an actor, a pawn and a witness of History. Plants reveal narratives forgotten and eluded by official history’s records. In this, the long-lasting relationship between conquest and botany during the eras of imperialism and colonialism is particularly significant. Amongst other strategies, Western empires widely resorted to naturalist and scientific expeditions to map the territories they then dominated and exploited, whether in Africa, America or Asia. Today, in the age of globalisation, nature is still intertwined at various scales in local, national and international power relations.

Reading history through the prism of botany, and re-evaluating the role played by plants, is an opportunity to rehabilitate hidden memories and to envision future by deconstructing the ties between domination and botany. Within this global framework, the exhibition Leave No Stone Unturned [Remuer la terre] focuses more precisely on the notions of natural resistance and of traditional healing techniques and remedies approaching flora both as an allegory of political frictions (from independence to opposition and diplomacy) and as a system of meaning, knowledge and beliefs in its own right (navigating between use, transmission and oblivion).