CORNnect postcards

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corn as racism

Single-color, industrial corn is an excellent metaphor for the totalizing nature of monoculture agriculture—suppressing multicultural diversity and contributing to the erasure of alternative histories. It contributes to prevailing distorted narratives of farming practices while sterilizing conceptual openness to variety. Industrial corn both facilitates and encourages the homogenization of the world—the fact not withstanding, that basing an entire food system on a single crop that could disappear overnight is hilarious ludicrous.

corn as diversity

To that same effect, there is resilience in diversity. CORNnect postcards are thus engendered as an agent to promote reflection on how society can be different. Dependence and over-reliance on industrial corn gives American (and contemporary society) a false model for subsistence, but such reality cannot become apparent until juxtaposed with harsh contrasts—like the rarer, and lesser known Cherokee Indian glass gem corn. Meant to be sent to far-away friends, CORNnect postcards are conceptualized as seeds for conversation of new models of corn growing. The Svalbard Global Seed Bank alone, for example, hosts 186 different varieties of maize.

Alberto Embriz de Salvatierra, CORNnect postcards (2017): One hundred postcards and glass gem corn seed "money" bag.

Alberto Embriz de Salvatierra, CORNnect postcards (2017): One thousand Cherokee Indian glass gem corn seeds.

Alberto Embriz de Salvatierra,  CORNquest seeds  (2017) : Two postcard designs (front).

Alberto Embriz de Salvatierra, CORNquest seeds (2017): Two postcard designs (front).