Tulip series

In May 2018 the EU commission completely banned the outdoor use of several neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are pesticides used in plant protection products to control insects harming crops and flowers. These pesticides are taken up by the plant and transported throughout its whole system, its leaves, flowers, roots and stems, as well as pollen and nectar. This means that the neonicotinoids are transferred to pollinating insects. Among other things they affect the central nervous system of insects, leading to eventual paralysis and death. Neonicotinoids are one of the factors behind the major insect extinction observed in the past years. Studies from the UK show that even seeds and flowers labelled as “bee-friendly” in major garden centres contain high levels of these harmful pesticides.

 

Sequence 1. “BuzzLess”

Zadissa, Elmira & Zadissa, Ramona, 2018, mixed material.

A collage with a real tulip in the centre circled by illustrations of dead insects pinned to the background.

Close-up of the tulip leaf and illustration of a dead bug

Close-up of the tulip petals and illustration of a dead bee

Close-up of the tulip petals and stem of the tulip circled by illustration of dead insects

Close-up of the bulb and stem of the tulip circled by illustration of dead insects