Plants sustain life on earth. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen through photosynthesis and provide food and shelter for other species – including humans. But they are also sensitive beings, attentive to the elements, connected to life forms around them; rooted, but constantly adapting to survive and flourish. Humans are creatures of the soil (the word ‘human’ comes from the Latin humus: soil) but we have increasingly cut our ties to the land and the rest of the living world. We treat plants as resources for our consumption, degrading the vital and fragile entanglements between human and non-human lives.
‘Rooted Beings’ reimagines our relationship with plants and proposes a meditative reflection on the vegetal world and what we can learn from it.