The Iraqi Seed Project
Starting from 2009, two of ITF’s headline artists in ITF’s latest exhibition, Evolve/ Involve, Emma Piper-Burket and Anna Laurent, have been involved in a notable project : The Iraqi Seed Project, a cross-media dialogue about sustainable food production in Iraq. Piper-Burket and Laurent travelled to North Iraq to document the agricultural plight of farmers, with Piper-Burket producing a notable documentary still in progress, Jarmo, which investigates how humans have used the earth for survival, knowledge, power, and meaning throughout time and uses Northern Iraqi farmer’s plight as the example. In the course of the same collaboration, Laurent produced work (photographs) telling the story of the inhabitants’ daily lives and farming mission in spite of these adverse political and natural conditions.
In June 2019, Laurent will be exhibiting some of the above works at ‘Agri/Cultures Seed-Links’. This is a three-day exhibition at Svalbard Seed Vault, a global seed bank on a Norwegian island near the Arctic circle. In its second year, the exhibition is a reflection on the relationship between agricultural and biological diversity. As part of this project, Laurent will be exhibiting photographs from ‘The Iraqi Seed Project’, a documentary project about agriculture & cultural autonomy in Northern Iraq. Laurent has been chosen to be one of nine artists from around the world selected to present work that reflects Svaldbard's mission to preserve seed diversity. The excursion has been made possible with funds secured by In The Frame.