Isabella La Rocca González Imagemaker Presentation
Saturday, November 02 - 4:15PM to 4:30PM
de Saisset Museum Auditorium
Turlock, CA, 2012: 50,000 hens abandoned in a battery cage facility. I first photographed the facility a year later. This inspired my current photographic series, CENSORED LANDSCAPES. American landscape photography has evolved in conjunction with the conservationist and environmental movement but farmed animals have almost entirely been omitted from the genre, despite their numbers (70 billion land animals and over a trillion marine animals are slaughtered every year). Their exclusion from landscape photography reflects their exclusion from environmental activism even though animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change, deforestation, ocean acidification, habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and mass species extinction. The industry wishes to suppress any understanding of the environmental destruction, cruelty, health effects, and worker exploitation and has attempted to pass "ag-gag" laws that criminalize photographing sites of animal agriculture in more than half of U.S. state legislatures.