From the series Monsanto®. A photographic investigation © Mathieu Asselin
New York-based, French-Venezuelan photographer Mathieu Asselin’s work on the environmental and human impacts of the Monsanto company is being shown at the Magasin Électrique at Arles in France as well as in a photobook, Monsanto® A Photographic Investigation published in French by Actes Sud, and in English by the Dortmund-based Verlag Kettler.
Asselin’s project is conceived as a cautionary tale putting the spotlight on the consequences of corporate impunity, both for people and the environment. Designed by fellow countryman Ricardo Báez, a designer, curator and photobook collector who has notably worked with the Venezuelan master Paolo Gasparini, Monsanto® submerges the reader into an exposé of the corporation’s practices, whether by showing contaminated sites and the health and ecological damage they cause, the effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam, or the pressure on farmers to use patented GMO seeds.
See our extensive coverage on Monsanto here, and view the following video on Monsanto’s connection to widespread PCB poisoning.