10/21, Mexico City

Ananas Ananas presented an edible installation showcasing the carbon footprint during the food production of the daily consumption for each person gathered in the room (20). The 440 pounds of sea salt represented the amount of soil that gets eroded and gone forevermore.

Life and the world are made up of relationships: between beings, circumstances, and ideas. Of all the significant relationships, perhaps the most important that we develop with the environment is the relationship with the fertile land. In a way, this speaks to the fact that the earth has taught us everything we know about cycles and time, and during the modern development of humanity (linked to the discovery of agriculture) we were referred to as beings of the earth.

The co-belonging between the soil resource and the world shows that its benefits must also be linked to the prerogative that it is necessary to redeem it. As a result of soil erosion, over the past 40 years, about 30% of the world's farmland has been rendered unproductive and much of it has been abandoned for cultivation. This gradual deterioration generated by phenomena of physical and chemical erosion and unlimited exploitation of the soil through technology ends up removing the possibility of the soil losing its hermetic condition.

Productive land is an impenetrable nature.  Its material image immediately transcends sensations and roots effectively in the deepest layers of the unconscious.

The land is what is essentially closed, and therefore needs to be tilled and worked, it limits its access superficially; the earth bursts into the world and destroys any attempt to meddle in it.
Global agriculture is responsible for around three-quarters of soil erosion worldwide.

The most important non-renewable geological resource is fertile soil. Soil is an ancient body made up of layers of organic matter, air, and water. It is estimated that 24 billion tons of fertile soil are lost each year due to erosion. The implications of its degradation threaten future food security, due to the significant reduction in its productivity. The soil resource is a mediating element of human experience, which immediately determines food and permanence, its durability compromises the transformation of the world.

Curatorial text by: Hebe Garibay
Photos by: Katie June Burton

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