Soil is an inscribed body.
On Sovereignty, Agropoetics and Struggles For Liberations

Staying alive—for every species— requires livable collaborations. Collaboration means working across difference, which leads to contamination. Without collaborations, we all die.

Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the end of the world. On the possibility of life in Capitalist Ruins

A project examining both the anti-colonial struggles of the past and current land conflicts across the world to resist the invasiveness of neo-agro-colonialism and its extractivist logic. We reflect on state and capital devastation of natural landscapes as well as on forms of self-determination and autonomy performed by local communities as a rejection of the capitalist and colonial model of agriculture, engaging in a critical analysis of certain techno-scientific epistemologies and biopolitical practices.

How can anti-colonial and environmental alliances nurture each other? How can we sustain interspecies entanglements and polyphonic multidirectional futures? How can we transform ruins, erosion and damaged landscapes, and embrace tactics of precarity to make living possible despite economic and ecological ruination?

The Soil is an inscribed body focuses on the complicated entanglements of all human plant relationships, their promises of growth, and inscription into our bodies on molecular and geopolitical scales, whether through genetic engineering or food security. Care for the more-than-human here is always about power. It is a tentative testing ground for artistic engagements with the soil as vessel, body and carrier for speculative, collaborative futures. While the Anthropocene is unraveling around us and through us, this project uses the phases of dormancy and germination to think with vegetal agency about what it means to lie in waiting, touching and sensing the surrounding matter.

Throughout we reflect on (reproductive) labour, patriarchy and racism and the marks they leave in the soil, on queer ecologies, and on divergent experiences of traditional knowledge and science as part of empirical investigations extending to artist practices. The project is host to contemporary local experimental micro-economies of community subsistence farming in its focus on the power of sovereignty and an environmental commons. Dispersed and yet networked, a range of workshops will happen throughout 2019 across the borders of different nation states and beyond the confines of the gallery space.