Still from Plantarians, 2017, HD video, colour, sound, 9 minutes 33 seconds

‘Plantarians' questions what it means to have a garden, and explores various characters that cultivate, eat, and have recourse to garden plants. The project investigates the ability of garden plants to respond and sheds light on the way plants and humans affect one another in terms of conflict and intimacy.

Divided into video episodes, each accompained by photographs and texts, ‘Plantarians’ looks at the lives of plants and humans across contrasting gardens throughout the United Kingdom, travelling over to Central Park in New York, and arriving in both Tongerseweg Cemetery and a garden in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Seeking to bring a new dimension to the debate on sustainability, the ongoing project invites the audience to look beyond familiar environmental concerns and to engage with deeper questions about the fundamental relationship between people and plants as living organisms coexisting on the planet.


Directed, filmed and edited by Ellie Kyungran Heo
Translated by Domin Chong in Korean​​​​​​​
Second camera of The Hunger: Seungho Park
Developed during Hospitalfield Summer Residency 2017, UK; Summer Lodge Residency 2018 at Nottingham Trent University, UK; Jan van Eyck Academie Residency 2019-2020, Netherlands
Supported by the Elephant Trust and Arts Council Korea ​​​​​


Plantarians: neighbours, 2018, still​​​​​​​



Plantarians: more salad, huh?, 2018, HD video, colour, sound, 40 seconds​​​​​​​




Still from Plantarians: barbers, 2018, HD 2 channel video, colour, sound, 3 minutes



Still from Plantarians: the hunger, 2020, HD video, ​​​​​​​colour, sound, 6 minutes 25 seconds



Still from Plantarians: escapee, work in progress



Still from Plantarians: the garden on your belly, 2020, HD video, ​​​​​​​colour, sound, 10 minutes 10 seconds

Exhibitions / Screenings
Plantarians, Solo Exhibition, Exhibition Spaces, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands, 2020
Face to Face: solo-screening, Korean Cultural Center, São Paulo, Brazil, 2019
Västerås Film Festival, Västerås, Sweden, 2019
Experimental Forum, Los Angeles, US, 2019
Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada, 2019
Strangelove Time-based Media Festival: Every Second Counts, The Photographers Gallery, London; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Fabrica, Brighton; Hop Projects CT20, Folkestone, UK, 2019
Dear Cinema, MMCA Film & Video, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, 2018
Plantarians series (work in progress), Bonington Studio at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK, 2018  
New Work: Plantarians, LUX Moving Image, London, UK, 2017 ​​​​​​​


Installation Stills from Plantarians, Jan van Eyck Academie, Netherlands, 2020​​​​​​​