SEEDS for LIFE – BIOPHILIA Over the past decade, Argentina became the world’s third largest soya producer revitalizing its economy and recovering from the financial crash that hit the country in 2001. However, there are doubts as to the sustainability of soya expansion; the downside of the transgenic boom is worrying and raised serious concerns about public health and environmental degradation. Bitter Harvest was developed for BIOPHILIA’s first awareness campaign SEEDS for LIFE, and was featured on National Geographic Magazine.
INTRODUCING BIOPHILIA Argentina is a promised land blessed with incredible beauty and potential. These series were produced by BIOPHILIA — a startup B-Corp based in the U.S. that fosters fair trade, regenerative agriculture and conscious consumption — to introduce a few indigenous communities of small-scale farmers. The story was featured on National Geographic Magazine.
NARCO STATE An international network led by Latin American drug cartels and the Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah has chosen West Africa, among the poorest and more corrupted corners of the world, as the nexus for illegal trade in cocaine, oil, counterfeit medicines, pirated music and human trafficking. International law enforcement officials say the profits fuel terrorist activities worldwide.
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CHILD SACRIFICE Child sacrifice in Uganda is a phenomenon that has embedded itself within traditional customs but that bears no genuine relationship to local culture. The appeal to “cultural beliefs” is actually an excuse used by witchdoctors to justify their crimes, and by the Ugandan government to avoid taking action. Most victims are children. Behind the torture, mutilation and killing of the victims lies just one single cause: money.
DYING for TREATMENT Sub-Saharan Africa, the poorest region on Earth, is a place where more than 600,000 women die in pregnancy or childbirth every year due to lack of proper care and only 30 percent of the population has access to health care at all. The situation in Guinea-Bissau is among the worst in the region. In the capital, Bissau, there is only one working, equipped surgery room. One in eight women die giving birth and babies often don’t survive the first two days of their lives.
NOORDERLICHT The term “Biophilia” was first used by Erich Fromm to describe the psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive, and literally means love for life or living systems. The Biophilia Hypothesis was a step beyond; Edward O. Wilson introduced it in 1984, suggesting an instinctive, subconscious bond between human beings and other living systems. Wilson concludes that the deep relationship between humans and nature is rooted in our biology. Human preferences towards natural things, while refined through experience and culture, are hypothetically the product of biological evolution. In other words, our natural love for life helps sustain life itself.
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54th VENICE BIENNALE Placebo is a journey through darkness, a travelogue of Vernaschi’s immersion into a sensual, introspective search. Through a series of dreamlike and real excursions he illustrates this transformation from confusion to clarity. Boundaries crumble as he pushes himself, using photography as a divining rod to direct him to the centre of his subconscious where silence and isolation are balanced against frenetic fury. The self-indulgence of existential questioning is embedded deep within the work, light trails through the images, creating a surrealistic stage on which his subjects shimmer and glow.
Peggy Sue Amison – Curator