Ways to Change The Body/Land

Jaimes Mayhew

Abstract


Inspired by eco-queer and eco-feminist notions of power and ecology, as well as my own experience as a transgender person from a family of geologists and ecologists, Ways To Change The Body/Land is a series of photos taken out of a car window in southern Iceland with instructions that suggest small ways one could change the social, political, cultural, physical, or ecological contexts of a body or landscape: the body/land. These instructions are abstract, inciting a call to action but not assigning the power that is needed to follow through. This leaves room for questions—if one wanted to change a body/land by assessing value, what kind of value should be assessed? Would taking out a life insurance policy assess value? Would estimating available resources assess value? All of these works seek to acknowledge the constant flux of a body/land in a perpetual state of becoming. Although I do not believe that landscapes and bodies are qualitatively the same, I believe that we assign meaning to both in similar ways. 


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MANAGING EDITORS   Sarah Iannicello, Benjamin J. Kapron

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UNDERCURRENTS EDITORIAL COLLECTIVE - VOL. 20 (2017): ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

VOL 20 CFP PRIMARY AUTHOR   Ronak Ghorbani Nejad

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