Farming issues explored (video)

You might not look at your breakfast the same way after visiting the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery’s new exhibition.

Tanya Zuzak

Tanya Zuzak



You might not look at your breakfast the same way after visiting the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery’s new exhibition.

The Farm Show, a three-part visual exploration of issues facing today’s farmers is now open and sure to turn a few heads.

“We wanted to look at changes in farming in our area over the past number of years,” said Lorna Johnson, executive director at MAG.

“It seems to be a hot topic lately, especially here, because our community is deeply rooted in farming.”

The Farm Show’s three exhibits — Seeding, Growing, and Harvest — run until November and will be displayed in accordance with the actual parts of the farming season they represent — Seeding runs until June 26, followed by Growing, and Harvest opens in September.

Five Alberta-based artists were selected for the Seeding display, which raises questions about the genetic modification of foods, corporate control of farmlands, and urban sprawl.

“As an art gallery, our job is not to instruct people in how to think or what to think, we just want them to join the discussion,” said Tanya Zuzak, contemporary art curator at MAG.

Zuzak said MAG has been planning the exhibit for nearly two years and is pleased with the diverse range of artistic mediums and ideas represented by the installations.

Upon entering the gallery space, MAG visitors are sure to see Edmonton photographer John Freeman’s new work entitled No More Spring Seeding, a series of panoramic images taken near Edmonton that show urban construction encroaching upon or dominating local farmlands.

Freeman said witnessing the destruction the urban environment was causing to some of the area’s best farmlands over the past four years deserved documentation.

The genetic modification and corporate ownership of seeds is a dominate theme in three of the Farm Show’s exhibits.

Artist Sally Smith crafted large wooden seeds infused with metallic farming equipment parts to create Genetically Modified Seed Pods, a commentary on corporate patenting of modified seeds and the dangers they pose to traditional farming.

Cindy M. Jones’ Steering Committee, a sculpture comprised of objects related to the seeding process echoes the sentiments of Smith; she said the piece is meant to serve as a cautionary statement of the possible consequences from genetic seed modification and controlled reproduction.

Rounding out the Farm Show are two audacious installations that look to the possibly dark future of farming.

Alex Moon’s Uni-Farm is an agricultural science-fiction narrative, in which a battle for agricultural freedom is being waged between the Uni-Farm Corporation and the Real Food Alliance.

Moon’s exhibit features a screening area, running Uni-Farm: Episode 1 — a 17-minute film he made, and a mock laboratory display from the fictional Uni-Farm world.

Lyndal Osborne’s Endless Forms Most Beautiful also focuses on the possible future of seed modification.

Osborne said her display hints at the hidden dangers of engineering seeds to have a terminator gene that does not allow them to be harvested more than once, unless fertilized by a specific chemical.

Johnson said in addition to the Farm Show, MAG will also be running Farming Out Our Future, an art exhibit that analyzes the changes to farming practices over the past 50 years; and From Our Collection, a display of selected objects and artifacts from the museum’s extensive 80,000 piece collection.

The Farm Show’s grand opening is on May 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. and all of its contributing artists will be in attendance.

For more information, visit reddeermuseum.com.

syoung@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A GoFundMe campaign to support a Stettler couple following a fire has raised more than $3,000. (Contributed photo)
Family pet dies in Stettler fire

GoFundMe page has raised more than $3K so far

Canada's Alexis Lafreniere celebrates after defeating Russia 4-3 in the gold medal game at the World Junior Hockey Championships, Sunday, January 5, 2020 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
As Alberta’s COVID-19 cases rise, so does tension over world junior championship

Alberta’s spike in COVID-19 infections and the virus’s infiltration of Canada’s team… Continue reading

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said growing COVID-19 case numbers continue to be a concern in the province. (Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta announces 1,077 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

There are currently 14,052 active cases in the province

Carolina De La Torre, right, owner of Arepas Ranch in Calgary, poses for a photo with her husband in this undated handout photo. The Venezuelan woman who believes she was used as part of Jason Kenney's argument not to lockdown restaurants in the province remembers her encounter with the premier as a lot less dramatic than he suggested. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Carolina De La Torre *MANDATORY CREDIT*
‘No crying’: Venezuelan refugee Kenney cited says interaction was less dramatic

EDMONTON — The Venezuelan woman who believes she was used as part… Continue reading

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani waves to the crowd in a public gathering at the city of Yazd, some 410 miles (680 kilometers) southeast of the capital Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. Iran has discovered a new oil field in the country’s south with over 50 billion barrels of crude oil, Rouhani said Sunday, a find that could boost the country’s proven reserves by a third as it struggles to sell energy abroad over U.S. sanctions. (Office of the Iranian Presidency via AP)
Iran nuclear scientist assassinated

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An Iranian scientist that… Continue reading

skip2
Rimbey Christian School students experience the joy of giving

Grades three and four students raised $2,000 for Somalian children

kkk
Opinion: We’re weary of the wait for COVID vaccine

It’s official: vaccines are the new toilet paper. Justin Trudeau appears to… Continue reading

Actor Johnny Flynn portrays David Bowie in the film "Stardust" in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Elevation Pictures *MANDATORY CREDIT*
‘Stardust’ is a Bowie pic without his music but that was always the plan: director

TORONTO — Gabriel Range’s controversial David Bowie drama “Stardust” has angered fans… Continue reading

Canadian figure skating champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir come to Penticton Oct. 6 with the Rock the Rink tour. This will be the pair’s last tour as they have announced they are retiring from the world of competitive figure skating. (Contributed)
Ice-dancers Moir and Virtue among 114 Order of Canada inductees

OTTAWA — Champion ice-dancers Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue are among 114… Continue reading

Mahomes vs. Brady spices up Thanksgiving holiday week

Mahomes vs. Brady spices up Thanksgiving holiday week

Cowboys miss chance for NFC East lead with another home loss

Cowboys miss chance for NFC East lead with another home loss

Arsenal, Leicester, Hoffenheim advance in Europa League

Arsenal, Leicester, Hoffenheim advance in Europa League

Keegan Messing performs during the Men's Short program at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. If the world figure skating championships do go ahead in a bubble in March in Sweden, there is a good chance Canada won't be there. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Canada might not compete at world figure skating championships – if they happen

Canada might not compete at world figure skating championships - if they happen

Most Read