‘Not in my backyard!’ focuses on the alien invasive plant species Japanese Knotweed, which is spreading in the Flemish landscape and poses a serious threat to the local biodiversity. The project aims to inventorize and describe the impact of this plant on our environment. Through methods of physical and visual dissections of the exotic species, and the environment in which we find them, we investigate the peculiarities, influence and challenges. The results of this research will be incorporated into a visual inventory in the form of a research book. The book makes the theme tangible by showing the findings of the societal, material and visual dissections. The inventory will also be a meeting place between the two disciplines of the researchers by combining the discourse of both the photographic and graphic visual language. By making the various facets of the issue visible, we try to bring the complexity of the story back into the debate and to focus not only on the negative effects, but also on the opportunities. Are we going to do everything we can to combat these exotic species, or would it be better to look for a new way of living together?

Research unit: Inter-Actions

Duration: 2020 - 2021


Kristof Vrancken

Niek Kosten