Cinchona officinalis is a tree native to wet montane forests in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Its bark has been used for Malaria treatment worldwide for centuries until the 1940’s when it was synthesized. A process of overexploitation across the Andes lead close to its extinction.
This is a visual essay on how engineering a hybrid species in a warmer temperature.
Collaboration with digital artists: Mateo Barriga and Nicolas Torres for the Leonardo/ISAST Pavilion at Wrong Biennale No.5, curated by Raphael Arar and Simon Boas, 2021.