Botanical Readings: Erythroxylum coca by Ximena Garrido-Lecca

EXTRACT is an online section where we share some of the texts published by Temblores Publicaciones, Terremoto’s publishing house. We present the tenth extract of this section, “Vegetal Becomings” by Sara Garzón, from Botanical Readings: Erythroxylum Coca. This publication is a retrospective review of the installation Botanical Readings: Erythroxylum Coca by Ximena Garrido-Lecca exhibited at proyectoamil, Lima, Peru, in 2019.

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  1. According to Vázquez, “modernity’s anthropocentrism, built on the separation between the ‘human’ and ‘nature,’ requires the negation of earth. Modernity’s notion of humanity and civilization is produced as earthlessness. This negation is implemented through forms of classification, appropriation, extraction, consumption and pollution.” Earthlessness, moreover “as the loss of earth’s diversity signal[s] the irretrievable loss of the relations that hold alternative trajectories of hope, alternative relations to earth, to community, to language, to bodies, to ourselves; alternative forms of worlding the world with earth.” Rolando Vázquez, “Precedence, Earth and the Anthropocene: Decolonizing Design,” Design Philosophy Papers, vol. 15, no. 1, 2017, 2-9.

  2. Ibid., 3. For additional references to worlding, see Helen Palmer and Vicky Hunter, “Worlding,” Newmaterialisms.eu, 2018. Available at: https://newmaterialism.eu/almanac/w/worlding.html (last accessed April 15, 2021).

  3. Empresa Nacional de la Coca (ENACO) is a Peruvian state company dedicated to the commercialization of the coca leaf and its derivatives. It was created in 1949, but it was not until 1982 that it became a state company. For more on ENACO, see: www.enaco.com.pe/es (last accessed April 15, 2021).

  4. Ximena Garrido-Lecca, interview with Sara Garzón. Phone conversation on April 16, 2021 [author’s translation].

  5. With Andean I am referring to the diverse and heterogeneous community-based practices and belief systems shared across the Andean Mountain region in South America.

  6. Natasha Mayers, “How to Grow Livable Worlds: Ten (Not-So-Easy) Steps for Life in the Anthropocene,” ABC Religion & Ethics, January 7, 2021. Available at: www.abc.net.au/religion/
    11906548 (last accessed April 15, 2021).


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