The Wanted Land, 12-minute video

In the main gallery a copy of this book is on view for visitors to peruse its beautiful drawings as well as The Wanted Land, a 12-minute video that makes visible how local people have interpreted, understood and experienced the Dutch colonization of Fort Cochin. It gathers family genealogies, storytelling, and exchange of information as a re-viewing of history favoring oral traditions, participation and vox populi perspectives over the official written narrative of historians, social scientists, anthropologists and sociologists.

The production of the Hortus Malabaricus and the knowledge contained within it is still significant today. It also forms the conceptual focal point of the works that were on display in the exact location where historians believe the Hortus Malabaricus was originally produced. This exhibition consists of 3 video installations, one in each of the main rooms at David Hall, combined with archival objects and indigenous plants contributed by the local community that are contained within the Hortus Malabaricus.