A video by Sonya Schönberger, London, 19 minutes
FRANCIS BUCHANAN HAMILTON (1762-1829) was a Scottish surgeon, surveyor and botanist, who spent extended periods travelling and living in Asia between 1780s and 1815. While preparing for his medical degree at the University of Edinburgh, he had also studied botany as many medicines were derived from plants. The botanical drawings presented in this new film were commissioned during Buchanan Hamilton’s first expedition to the Kathmandu Valley in 1802 and are the first ones to be produced of plants from Nepal.
Filmed at the Linnean Society London in June 2019. With many thanks to Elaine Charwat and Isabelle Charmantier. Narration based on interviews with Claire Banks and Mark Watson made in the Botanical Garden Edinburgh in June 2019. Narrated by Benjamin Cook. Filmed by Christof Zwiener.
SONYA SCHÖNBERGER was Goethe@LUX artist-in-residence in 2019. Since 2017 this residency has invited artists living in Germany and working with moving images to work on a particular theme in London for three months.
©Sonya Schönberger/Goethe Institut/LUX London