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GRAM ART RESIDENCY

October 2016

The Gram Art Residency, funded by FICA's Public Art Grant held in Paradsingha village in Central India, culminated in India's first land art festival in December 2016. I was selected to be part of a group of six artists to create land art pieces that dealt with contemporary farming issues in India. 

After meeting with several prominent activists and active members of India's farmers' movements, I decided to focus on the need to address food safety and the dangers of GMO farming. Under the mentorship of veteran organic farming spokesperson Vasant Futane, I developed a six-panel wordless comic to speak to the younger generations of the village as a short graphic story to encourage the telling of stories around farming issues.

Called "Don't Eat The Seeds or a Tree Will Grow Out of Your Ears", my land art piece talks about dining-table myths and references the controversial Seralini studies on rats to raise questions about the use of GMO crops and pesticide use.