Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Spring 2016

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Art

First Advisor

Jeff Rich

Abstract

Where does your food come from?

This is a simple question that many people ask but don't truly want to have to answer to. We have some idea of the concept of farming that is cobbled together from images taken from the media and advertisements. The vision of a small pastoral farm where animals roam around in outdoor pens or live in stately wooden barns is the idea that comes to mind when we think of farming.

This concept could not be further from the actual truth. This difference between your perception and the reality is due to a widespread effort to block images of modern farming practices from public view. Those orchestrating this deception are so powerful that they have pushed censorship laws onto nineteen different states in the United States. These laws are collectively called the Ag Gag.

This series of photographs was created to shed light on modern farming practices and to bring awareness to the overreach of agricultural corporations in dictating laws limiting individual free speech. In this work you see images of what modern large scale animal farming actually looks like. You will also see what impacts this has on the environment and learn about the benefits and problems with this type of farming.

In the end the most important question I want you to ask yourself is:

Is this where I want my food coming from?

Public Abstract

Where does your food come from?

This is a simple question that many people ask but don’t truly want to have to answer to. We have some idea of the concept of farming that is cobbled together from images taken from the media and advertisements. The vision of a small pastoral farm where animals roam around in outdoor pens or live in stately wooden barns is the idea that comes to mind when we think of farming.

This concept could not be further from the actual truth. This difference between your perception and the reality is due to a widespread effort to block images of modern farming practices from public view. Those orchestrating this deception are so powerful that they have pushed censorship laws onto nineteen different states in the United States. These laws are collectively called the Ag Gag.

This series of photographs was created to shed light on modern farming practices and to bring awareness to the overreach of agricultural corporations in dictating laws limiting individual free speech. In this work you see images of what modern large scale animal farming actually looks like. You will also see what impacts this has on the environment and learn about the benefits and problems with this type of farming.

In the end the most important question I want you to ask yourself is: Is this where I want my food coming from?

Keywords

publicabstract, Ag Gag, Agriculture, Factory Farm, Photography

Pages

iv, 2 pages

Copyright

Copyright 2016 Kai Ronald Plews

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