Wendy Morris

Wendy Morris (South Africa) lives and works in Belgium. Unique to her current artistic practice are her Libraries, Diaries, Herbaria, Typewritings, Letters and Travelogues.

Morris is currently working on Nothing of Importance Occurred: Recuperating a Herball for a 17th century Enslaved Angolan Midwife at the Cape. Through an examination of European, African and Asian histories of plant contraceptives Morris is exploring bodies of knowledge that would have flowed to the settlement at the Cape in the 17th century and informed the practice of a midwife in the Slave Lodge. For the Lubumbashi Biennale (2019) Morris made A Tale of Eleven Births, and for the group show Alias (Kunsthal Netwerk Aalst 2019) The Travelogue of the Wandering Womb: Her Fantastic Encounters and Curious Utterings. Nothing of Importance is a collaborative project, involving city gardeners, botanists and botanical gardens (Belgium, Netherlands and South Africa); midwives, healers and bossiedokters; singers, spoken word and sound artists; writers and composers.

Morris is professor in contemporary arts at the University of Leuven and LUCA School of Arts, Brussels, and founder of the research constellation Deep Histories Fragile Memories.