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From 2021-03-20 11:00
to 2021-08-29 18:00
Ventures into global agriculture
By Frauke Huber & Uwe H. Martin
LandRush –Ventures into global agriculture is an artistic exploration of the social and environmental impact of agriculture around the world.
Agriculture drives climate change, extinction, erosion and water depletion. It uses about 40 % of all land on earth and more than 70 % of all freshwater; drying up riverbeds and draining aquifers. Due to over-exploitation of the soil and rapidly intensifying global temperatures desertification is one of the greatest threats to life on earth. Every minute of every day 23 hectares of arable land are lost to growing deserts, while 23 % of the global land surface1 has reduced productivity due to land degradation.
By 2048 the world’s population is expected to balloon to nearly ten billion. Combined with changing diets — primarily from plant based to meat and fish — this means a higher demand for food and the threat of an even faster degradation of our soil due to exhaustion, while at the same time an increasing number of harvests will fail as a result of climate change. Fertilizer disposal from industrial farming activities harm the ecosystems of rivers and coastal areas, while deforestation and the transformation of grassland into farmland causes soil erosion and a loss of biodiversity. Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history and agriculture and land-use changes are the main drivers that also contribute roughly a quarter of greenhouse gases driving the global climate crisis.
All combined, agriculture is the single most transformative thing humans are collectively doing to the planet, yet most people don’t realize how fragile our food systems actually are.
Frauke Huber and Uwe H. Martin have been documenting the social and environmental consequences of global agriculture since 2007. Using a slow journalism approach they build close relationships with farmers, ranchers and fishermen; and interview policy makers, activists and scientists. Their projects have grown organically, chapter by chapter, in a constant cycle of research, production, and presentation. This open process allows their work to surface in ever-new contexts, gradually building bridges from magazine publications and documentary films, linear web documentaries, and interactive apps to spatial installations at art institutions.
Frauke Huber and Uwe H. Martin are independent visual storytellers, slow journalists, and multimedia producers at the Bombay Flying Club. Their long-term, in-depth, documentary projects combine photography with documentary film, text and sound. Currently they work on a set of transmedia documentaries about the global commons water, seed and land: White Gold investigates the social and environmental effects of global cotton production. Their new visual research project LandRush explores the impact of large-scale agro investments on rural economies and land-rights, the boom of renewable fuels, the reallocation of land and the future of agriculture around the world. Their projects grow organically chapter by chapter developing over years and build bridges between magazine journalism, web documentaries, interactive apps and spacial installations. Both series are part of the collaborative art and research project World of Matter, which investigates primary materials and the complex ecologies of which they are a part. In 2010 Frauke and Uwe founded Aggreys Dream, a project supporting a school in a slum in Mombasa, Kenya, which became the blueprint for the establishing of the Freelens Foundation.
Over the years Uwe and Frauke received numerous recognitions and awards for their work including the German Reporter Award, the Greenpeace Award and the Development Media Award.
Besides their collective work Uwe H. Martin serves on the jury of the World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest, the Lumix Multimedia Award, the German Reporter Award, the CPOY and the Bosch Masterclass „Future of Science Journalism“, where he is also part of the faculty. Uwe is teaching photography and multimedia storytelling at universities, journalism schools and in workshops around the world.