In-conversation: Tina Pasotra and Claire Ratinon

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Please join us for a special conversation between multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker, Tina Pasotra, and organic food grower and writer, Claire Ratinon, on the occasion of Tina’s week-long residency at the Botanic Garden, titled ‘Mycelium’.

Through a foundation rooted in care and the connective metaphor of mycelium, the National Botanical Garden of Wales becomes a space for movement meditations, workshops, collective reading, guided walks and talks with a group of artists over the course of a week in June. Since 2019, Tina has been spending time at the Garden thinking through ideas around healing and how this garden could become an immersive space for creativity. Inspired by nature, its power to restore and heal, she has invited a group of artists to come together around ideas of interconnectedness, health and rest.

As part of this week-long residency, Tina has invited Claire Ratinon to be in conversation around their respective practices and connections to nature.

Tina Pasotra is an artist and filmmaker. Interdisciplinary at its core, Tina’s work bridges moving image, theatre, sound, dance, installation and architecture, while always centring practices of collaboration, care and equity. Through her work, Tina questions what constitutes a ‘grounded’ body and the ways that it expresses, carries and transforms our lived experience. These concerns are often explored through movement-based projects that draw attention to the complex relationships of our bodies to domestic and natural environments, family, and the nexus of past, present and future modalities of time.

Claire Ratinon is an organic food grower and writer based in East Sussex. Claire has grown edible plants in a variety of roles from growing organic vegetables for the Ottolenghi restaurant, Rovi to delivering workshops throughout London. Claire has been invited to share her growing journey in talks for organisations including The Garden Museum, Charleston House and Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh, as well as presenting features for Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time. Her writing has been featured in The New Statesman, Bloom Magazine and Waitrose Food Magazine. She co-wrote the pamphlet, ‘Horticultural Appropriation’ for Rough Trade Books with artist, Sam Ayre and her first book, ‘How To Grow Your Dinner Without Leaving The House’ is out now. Her second book is ‘Unearthed: On Race and Roots, and How the Soil Taught Me I Belong,’ will be published by Chatto & Windus / Vintage in June 2022.

To book your seat, email or phone 01558 667162

The event is free with the cost of admission to the Botanic Garden.  

This event has been made possible by Arts Council Wales and ongoing support from the National Botanic Garden of Wales.