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

An English-style garden, a plot of earth in New York’s Central Park, a garden and a cemetery in Maastricht: Plantarians asks, ‘what does it mean to have a garden?’. Divided into episodes, the film studies the capacity of garden plants to respond to the particularities of their surroundings; at the same time, it tracks the lives of the contemporary men and women who cultivate, enjoy, eat, obsess over, and even grieve with and for these plants.
The piece invites audiences to witness the codependent existence of Earth’s living organisms and to reflect on how this interdependence can be characterised by both conflict and intimacy.

Special participants: Theo Tijssens, Jose Zinzun, Diana Robertson, Moira Coleman, Laura Simpson, Simon Brown, Mark Aerial Waller, Steve Brill and the plants
Directed, filmed and edited by Ellie Kyungran Heo
Translated by Domin Chong into Korean
Translated by Huibhaye van der Werf, Anne Vangronsveld and Kieren Jones into English
Second camera of
The Hunger by Seungho Park
Developed during Hospitalfield Summer Residency 2017 (UK), Summer Lodge Residency 2018 at Nottingham Trent University (UK) and Jan van Eyck Academie Residency 2019-2020 (NL)
Supported by the Elephant Trust (UK) and Arts Council Korea (KR)

Exhibitions and Screenings:
Radical Naturalism, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art,
Auburn​​​​​​​, Alabama, USA, 2022
Get Some Sunshine, Spitsbergen Artists Center, Svalbard, Norway, 2022
Adaptation, KELDER, London, UK, 2022

Plantarians (2017-2020), Solo Exhibition, LUX Moving Image, London, UK, 2021
Festival Forum: EXiS, e-flux Video & Film, online screening, New York, USA, 2021
Indi-Visual: Ellie Kyungran Heo, EXiS: Experimental Film & Video Festival Seoul, Seoul, Korea, 2021
Plantarians, Solo Exhibition, Gallery 54, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2020
Video Acts, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, 2020
Plantarians, Solo Exhibition, Exhibition Spaces, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands, 2020
Experimental Edge Film & Art Festival, Tallahassee, Florida, USA, 2020
Face to Face: solo-screening, Korean Cultural Center, São Paulo, Brazil, 2019
Västerås Film Festival, Västerås, Sweden, 2019
Experimental Forum, Los Angeles, USA, 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 


Plantarians: neighbours, 2018, research still, panoramic view
What makes for a good neighbour? And expanding on that question, what makes a good neighbour for a plant?

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 20 seconds

Still from Plantarians: escapee, 2020, HD video, colour, sound, 5 minutes

Still from Plantarians: the garden on your belly, 2020, HD video, ​​​​​​​colour, sound, 11 minutes 34 seconds

Plantarians, 2020, four-channel HD video installation views at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Netherlands


Exhibition Review, written by the biology educator Dawn Sanders, 2020

Plantarians, 2017-2020, video installation views at the Gallery 54, Gothenburg, Sweden​​​​​​​