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New Ecologies: Sustenance

February 4 @ 5:30 pm

Jen Salinetti, co-founder, farmer and director of education and community engagement at Woven Roots Farm, gathers abundant greens. Press photo courtesy of WCMA.
Photo by Lise Metzger

In New Ecologies: Sustenance, farmer and teacher Jen Salinetti, herbalist Mandana Boushee, and artists Yoko Inoue and Sarah Rara will hold a free and virtual conversation on the meeting points of artistic practice, land stewardship, education, food studies and activism, with the Williams College Museum of Art.

They will explore the reciprocal ways people can nourish and are nourished by both land and community, including food justice, ritual, consumption, care, and the ways sustenance builds connections to places and the beings that inhabit them.

Mandana Boushee is an Iranian-American herbalist, storyteller, earth steward and educator. She weaves her Iranian culture and plant tradition into all facets of her work and is dedicated to re-centering the voices, stories, rituals, and histories of the BIPOC community.

Artist Yoko Inoue’s research-creation includes food issues in the theoretical framework of decolonization, considering the collective act of cooking, critiquing, and consuming food as the cornerstone of the social and spiritual bond.

Jen Salinetti (she/her) is a co-founder, farmer, and the Director of Education & Community Engagement at Woven Roots Farm. For over 15 years, Jen has offered workshops and courses that develop relationships to land, build skills of resilience, promote traditional growing practices, and amplify pathways to social justice in the local school system, for the Northeast Organic Farming Association, and for other regional organizations.

Sarah Rara’s multi-disciplinary practice—including performance, writing, and video—explores the position of witness within fragile systems. Her work focuses on states of readiness and attention; actual reality; digging holes; navigation; remote sensing; the diminishing divide between onscreen and offscreen realities; listening; entanglements with and within ecosystems; landlord-tenant relationship and housing justice; and contemplating a feminist objectivity and situated knowledges. Rara is an assistant professor of art at Williams College.

In New Ecologies, WCMA brings together a series of virtual programs that bring together artists, thinkers, and practitioners working across disciplines—many connected directly to the Berkshire community. Register here »

New Ecologies: Gatherings Around the Art and Ideas of Our Time is a series of virtual programs that bring together artists, thinkers, and practitioners working across disciplines—many connected directly to the environs of the Berkshire community where the Williams College Museum of Art is located—in conversations that explore the interdisciplinary connections between art, community, humanity, and environment.

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February 4
5:30 pm

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15 Lawrence Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA

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