Monsanto®: The Book
by Mathieu Asselin
Exhibition curated by Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo
Monsanto®'s dozens of Superfund sites (large contaminated sites of high priority for the US Environmental Protection Agency) across the United States alone are affecting hundreds of communities and their environment with terrifying health and ecological consequences. Monsanto® maintains strong ties with the us-government, and especially with the FDA (United States Food and Drugs Administration). It’s a bedfellow with many other economical and political powerhouses around the world.
The company engages in campaigns of misinformation, the persecution of institutions and individuals, including scientists, farmers and activists that dare to disclose their crimes. Monsanto® is spreading new technologies and products, while scientists, ecological institutions and human rights organization are putting out alerts for issues like public health, food safety and ecological sustainability —issues on which our future on this planet depends.
This is all particularly troublesome since Monsanto® is entering a new chapter of disregard for our planet through the creation and commercialization of GMO's. Looking its past and presents, this project aims to picture what Monsanto®’s near future will look like.
Exhibition produced by Spazio Labo’ with support of Municipality of Bologna.
Mathieu Asselin (FR/VEN, 1973) works and lives between Arles in France and New York City. He began his career working on film productions in Caracas, Venezuela, but shaped his photography practice in the United States. His work mainly consists out of long term investigative documentary projects, such as his latest book "Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation", which received international acclaim, winning the Kassel FotoBook Festival Dummy Award in 2016, the Aperture Foundation First Book Award in 2017 and has been shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize in 2018. Les Rencontre d'Arles in France, Photographer’s Gallery in London, Fotomuseum Antwerp in Belgium and the European Parlement in Strasbourg are amongst recent venues where his work has been exhibited.
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