Traveling exhibition and event series
Curated by Ryan Griffis

The Earth Will Not Abide is a traveling exhibition and program initiated by Ryan Griffis and Lorelei Stewart (Director, Gallery 400, UIC) that poses questions about the ecological and social viability of industrial agriculture and extractive land use. The artistic projects, spanning video, cartography, painting, and installation, comprise an investigation of and aesthetic response to the dramatic transformation of regions in the US, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and China over the last three decades. All of these landscapes are currently being re-engineered to support a rural economy based on corporate labs, monocultures and giant machines. Focusing on the continuing shifts in land use, biological diversity, and social structure wrought by extractive agriculture, The Earth Will Not Abide takes up the tools of political ecology to visualize and critique the industrial food system, while turning hungry eyes toward more desirable futures.

Core participating artists (Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross, Brian Holmes and Alejandro Meitin, Sarah Lewison and duskin drum, and Claire Pentecost) are joined by additional local artists and organizations working in the places where the exhibition is held through the inclusion of additional artworks and event-based programming.

Funding and support was provided by: grants from Humanities Without Walls and The College of Fine & Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Gallery 400 (UIC); The Pacific Northwest College of Art; Southern Illinois University; Casa Río Lab; Parque de España Cultural Center in Rosario

Images above: Exhibition documentation from Gallery 400; Southern Illinois University Museum, Center for Contemporary Art & Culture (PNCA); Parque de España Cultural Center.


More detailed information and documentation available on the TEWNA website.