land, animals, and humans comments on the human inclination to domesticate, colonize, and dominate. Inspired by David Nibert’s Animal Violence and Human Oppression, he posits that the domestication of large sociable animals has directly undermined the development of a just and sustainable world.
This work seeks to understand how the domestication of animal bodies used in agriculture, labor, and war has led to the systemic oppression of devalued human bodies. Industrial agriculture is not only detrimental to the land, but is also entangled with displaced human groups due to conquest and invasion. Using soil collected from the Angeles Crest, this work recontextualizes the ownership of land— who owns the right to land and what histories can be found in the earth?