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Domestication

Museum Pick: January 21-February 2, 2009

I created Domestication to stimulate my audience's imagination of a better world; I wanted the viewers to leave with a sense of appreciation for life, to celebrate their gender and to demand sustainable ways of producing food without harming people.

Morgan Levey interviewed Mariana Castro De Ali for I.M.O.W. Read the interview.

Domestication, 2007 | Tampons and corn leaves


Corn, a women's invention, inspired domestication. Indians modified seeds gradually in what is known as plant domestication until they developed the corn we know today.

This piece was presented in my first solo show in 2007 in my hometown Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. It is an agricultural town where Norman Bourloug did his experiments on genetic engineering that resulted in the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his "Green Revolution." Today, however, many women in Sonora are dying from cancer caused by the agrochemicals used in the fields.

With this piece, I wanted to make people question themselves, their unquestioning use of agrochemicals and the human losses that we are all suffering along with the erosion of the agricultural fields.

 

See also Tribute, my piece that uses tampons to offer tribute to all women suffering from cancer and all those who have already passed away.


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Sha Najak
Sha Najak
Singapore

i love the idea of using art to voice views/opinions.

Gracias por tu creatividad, por tu preocupación por las mujeres, sobre todo por las mexicanas, por las del campo por las que nadie hablaba, y ahora se piensa en ellas a través de tu obra Gracias Mariana.

Martha.
Martha.
Mexico

ME HA IMPRESIONADO LA SENSIBILIDAD QUE DEMUESTRAN TUS DOS OBRAS QUE MUESTRAS, ES UN TRIBUTO A LA MUJER PERO SOBRETODO AL ESFUERZO DE SACAR ADELANTE UNA SOCIEDAD, QUE GRANDE ES LA MUJER Y QUE POCO SE LE RECONOCE, PERO CON ACCIONES COMO LAS TUYAS AVECES NOS DETENEMOS A PENSAR EN ELLAS, EN TODAS ELLAS QUE SUFREN INJUSTICIA SOBRE INJUSTICIA, GRACIAS MIL.

Masum Momaya, Curator
Masum Momaya, Curator
United States

This is very powerful on a visual and visceral level. It reminds of the piece in the Women, Power and Politics exhibition on women saving seeds as an act of political resistance. View the story here.

Anne Provost
Anne Provost
United States

I too wish to plant many organic gardens and make people aware of how much they pollute their own bodies with processed foods and chemicals. We can heal ourself through Nature. The vegetable kale has helped many of my friends who are dealing with cancer and the nasty side effects of the alleopathic methods of healing it and other diseases. Blessings on your wellness.

Kellyann
Kellyann
United States

Important material to share & congrats on your profile. I have followed a similar story in Oxnard, California, where farm workers are fighting to protect their families from agrochemicals locally.Best to you, kellyannart.com

Diana Riukas
Diana Riukas
United States

You must be so proud that your work is one of the favorites of the exhibition. Congratulations! I like very much your gutsy approach with materials. Please see my work and share with me your comments
under Recent Submissions column: "Size 0". Thank-you.

Jennifer
Jennifer
United States

It looks like young people all over the world are starting to grow their own food, with food prices souring and wanting to control the health of one's own food. It is very inspiring.

Here are just a few articles I found on what is happening around the world:

http://news.incairns.net.au/more-young-people-growing-their-own-food-in-far-north

http://www.yougrowgirl.com/2008/05/08/food-gardening-is-on-the-rise/

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/food-for-everyone/growing-power-in-an-urban-food-desert


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