Paula Bruna

Paula Bruna


Drawing on concepts of ecology, ecological economics, and theories of sustainability and degrowth, Paula Bruna is interested in the interaction between our society and the ecological system in which it is located. In this context, she has studied the processes of collapse in all its phases: the fragility of the previous equilibrium, the play of tensions, the attempts to avoid the collapse, the catastrophic event and the chaos that immediately follows, the absences, and the serenity that brings the end of the events.


In recent years, she has been researching the shaping of the Anthropocene narrative from a non-human point of view, through a combination of science, fiction and art. Her hypothesis is that exploring points of view different from the current anthropocentrism has effects on ecological awareness and opens up the range of possible ways of coexistence. 




Paula Bruna's intervention, in collaboration with the Institut Botànic de Barcelona, is developed within the Plantocè project (initiated by the artist in 2017). Plantocè is an investigation in which Bruna confronts the plant kingdom and human society, questions the hegemony of our species and generates images that suggest a post-human scenario.


For Bruna, in the face of the environmental crisis, it is necessary to rethink the relationship between humans and the rest of the planet, especially with living organisms, taking into account their realities and not only from a perspective of economic exploitation or service to humans. That is why Bruna invites us to place ourselves at the "point of life" of plants and, from there, to turn our gaze towards our society. This review from an outsider's point of view highlights the fictions that permeate and limit Western thought, such as supremacism, colonialism, sexism, or binarism.