Dry West – Katherine E. Nash Gallery

The newest installation of LandRush is on show as part of the World Of Matter exhibition at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in Minneapolis till December 9th, 2017. This is the largest and probably most beautiful installment of LandRush to date:

The LandRush – Dry West installation combines two large scale projections with a series of short films on monitors. While the projections take the viewer on an immersive journey through the landscapes and situations of modern day agriculture, the monitors feature intimate stories of diverse stakeholders and an insight into complex scientific ideas and the legal framework that defines water policies in the American West. These narrative vignettes leads the viewer to consider multiple positions at once and ask questions rather than guide them along a finished story. As multiple sites and situations are experienced simultaneously the complex entanglements of todays food production system become tangible.

In close proximity to the multichannel installation, our iPad-App connected Dry West to the first three chapters from Ethiopia, Brazil and Iowa.

The all new Dry West – Moonscape series presented as large scale prints invites the visitor to reflect on the artificial irrigation landscapes of the American West more than 130 years after John Wesley Powell noted: “Gentlemen, you are piling up a heritage of conflict and litigation over water rights, for there is not sufficient water to supply the land.” The great explorer believed that the arid West was not suitable for agricultural development, except for about two percent of the lands that were near water sources. Since then the American West has turned into a hydrological society. Rivers run in concrete beds, across mountains and deserts and up towards money. But even where the eye sees a wild river or natural lake, chances are that nature is nothing more than an illusion in the artificial landscapes of the Anthropocene.

We want to thank the curators Howard Oransky and Teréz Iacovino with their team. They did an amazing job curating and building the exhibition. We also have to mention Ursula Biemann who again organized and curated the World of Matter exhibition in Minneapolis. As always she brought an additional position into the show: Xavier Ribas amazing work on nitrate added to the brought spectrum of World of Matter and especially strengthened the theme of “Mobilizing Materialities”. Thanks also to the organizers of the field trip and conference Emily Eliza Scott, Ozayr Saloojee and Karen Lutsky. All the information of the extensive program can be found here: https://mobilizingmaterialities.com