Proposal for a New American Agriculture

Proposal for a New American Agriculture, by Claire Pentecost.  Vermicomposted cotton flag, 5' x 9'.
Proposal for a New American Agriculture, by Claire Pentecost. Vermicomposted cotton flag, 5′ x 9′. ca. 2012.

Claire Pentecost is an artist/activist focusing on food, soil, and bio-engineering; and a professor of photography at SAIC (the School of the Art Institute of Chicago). For Proposal for a New American Agriculture, she placed a US flag in a composting bin in her basement in Chicago, removing and photographing it after worms had transformed most of it into soil.

One reading of this striking image: It points to the unsustainability and inevitable collapse of America’s corporate-dominated, anti-environmental economy and ecology, and the need to weave a new American fabric to fill this gap.

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Author: SDM

Ethnography * Technology * Design

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