The Labour of Altered Landscapes
Originally exhibited at the Liu Institute's Lobby Gallery in the summer of 2012, this work seeks to augment the iconography of deforestation by examining the way that labour regimes intersect with processes of forest domestication and devastation in the Peruvian Amazon. In particular, the work that Hugh Raffles (2002) and Richard White (1995) have done linking work and labour to the craft of place-making is mobilized to question what kinds of labor practices are fed and engendered by the diversion of ecological processes into commodity flows. The resulting images, therefore, deal less with the scarred landscapes that typify the iconography of Amazonian deforestation. Instead they show the work of day laborers and arrendatarios planting cacao plantations or the stevedores and heavy machinery that load and unload illegal timber destined for export.