Nothing of Importance Occurred
Recuperating a Herball for a 17th century
enslaved Angolan midwife at the Cape
Through research into European, African and Asian histories of plant contraceptive use, Morris is exploring bodies of female knowledge that would have flowed to the settlement at the Cape in the 17th century and informed the practice of Maaij Claesje, a midwife in the Slave Lodge.
Nothing of Importance Occurred is a multi-track artistic project involving research, radio, encounters, expeditions and exhibitions. It is a collaborative project with episodes in different countries and continents and involving city gardeners, botanists and botanical gardens, midwives, healers and bossiedokters, sound artists, writers and composers.
My body is dissolving. Now, then and the future are blending. The plants are beings. The spirit is noisy.
The Company Prologue / Wendy Morris & Mariske Broeckmeyer / 2020
Spirit of Maaij Claesje, Guide
The Wandering Womb
Seeking Knowledge, Finding Voice
Emissary to the Past, the Typing Hand
Naturalist and Keeper of the Herbarium
I, the Ear
Listener for the Unsaid and the Unheard