For the fifth edition of You’ve Got Mail!, the artist Diana Policarpo shares with usÂ The OracleÂ (2020) a film work that speaks to a heritage of female-led knowledge of herbal medicines, psychedelics and our powerful, symbiotic relationship to plants. Drawing on mythology, history, economics of capitalism, racism and the patriarchy, this film weaves a compelling narrative that questions power dynamics and the role of holistic, embodied systems of care. Accompanying the film, we are pleased to share Dianaâ€™s recipe for making your own calendula salve at home, alongside a suite of drawings. The video and drawings are part of her ongoing exhibition ‘Nets of Hyphae’, due to show at RADIUS Center for Contemporary Art and Ecology, Delft next year.
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She creates performances and installations to examine experiences of vulnerability and empowerment associated with acts of exposing oneself to the capitalist world.