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Las Manos de Mis Padres

Big money and corporate power dictate how agricultural workers are treated, how our food is grown, whether family farmers are able to earn a living, and whether rural communities thrive or decline.

From crop producers and dairy farms to tobacco companies and meat processors, almost every sector of the agricultural industry is dominated by a handful of giant multinational corporations. These powerful companies have built a well-oiled political influence machine.

 

In just the last decade, big agribusiness spent over $1.5 billion dollars lobbying the federal government and poured over $650 million dollars into influencing the outcomes of our elections. Outside of this stream of money, the revolving door between big agribusiness and the federal government swings freely. It allows industry powerhouses to infiltrate the government, harness insider knowledge and connections with former government officials. 

This has given the industry and its allies the political power to manipulate government policy in their favor and sabotage progress on a host of social justice issues. As a result, corporate profits grow at the expense of small farmers, workers' rights, taxpayers, public health, food safety and the environment. 

Corporations are using their money and influence to stand in the way of protecting workers.

It's time to limit their power so we can finally create a rights-based society
and a more just world. 

Join us! 

 

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Artist:
Alfredo Salazar-Caro

"We don't always see that there's a massive industry behind our food that not only is poisoning the ground and poisoning the people that are consuming the products by killing them with pesticides, but also is dependent on this massive labor force that is oftentimes invisible and oftentimes mistreated, and essentially it boils down to modern-day slavery. It's really important to acknowledge and humanize the people that are literally putting their hands on the ground to feed all of us and just to be grateful for them", Salazar - Caro

Alfredo Salazar-Caro is a creator living/working between Mexico City, NYC, and Online. His works are an amalgamation of portraiture, installation/sculpture, documentary, video, and VR/AR. 

 

Salazar-Caro is co-creator and creative director of DiMoDA, The Digital Museum of Digital Art. DiMoDA is a groundbreaking project that functions as a VR institution and exhibition platform dedicated to the development of XR Art.

The installation is a visual poem meant to honor and uplift the agricultural workers across the US coming from the Latin diaspora. It highlights corn given that it is one of the most prevalent crops in the US with an interesting history, considering how corn was one of the most important crops for Indigenous people across this continent. And now it is one of the most damaging crops especially as migrant workers are oftentimes abused in this industry.  The piece illustrates how the prioritization of corporate profit in the agricultural industry stands in the way of progress when it comes to workers' rights, food safety & the environment. 

You can experience the installation by downloading the ICAR AR  app and heading over to the Department of Agriculture

 

You can view the artist's portfolio below