KeepingRound Rock Collective (Miki Palchick, Andrienne Palchick, and Sophie Sarkar)
AGRARIANAA @ SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
May 2-23, 2019
In 1955, Life Magazine called Seabrook Farms “the biggest vegetable factory on earth.” During WWII, this New Jersey farm was a central supplier of processed produce to U.S. troops. When the farm suffered from wartime labor shortages, Charles Seabrook worked with the War Relocation Authority to relocate thousands of Japanese Americans from the incarceration camps to work on the farm and in the factory.
This multimedia installation honors the labor and resilience of farm workers who maintain their traditional growing practices, even in their displacement. It is based on interviews with former employees and residents of Seabrook Farms. Interviewees made pinchpots, using soil collected from sites where they were held during the war. These vessels map the sites of incarceration camps across the U.S and hold 120,000 seeds, one for each person of Japanese descent incarcerated during WWII. The interviews inform the seed varieties used.
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