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Farmworker I (from the series Glowing Evidence)

Farmworker I (from the series Glowing Evidence)

Artist: Laurie Tümer (American, born 1951)
Date: 2002
Medium: lenticular print
Dimensions:
Support: 33 1/2 × 23 in. (85.1 × 58.4 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Jane Reese Williams Collection, Museum purchase with funds from the New Mexico Council on Photography, 2016
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2016.16
Description
The series Glowing Evidence concerns the use of pesticides in agriculture and its resulting hazards. Using a tracing powder developed by the Pacific Northwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center to show farmworkers how pesticides spread, Tümer creates analogous images representing what these traces of pesticides would look like if we could see them on our food, our skin, and on our children’s toys. Her method of showing both our visible reality and the invisible traces of pesticides is to produce lenticular prints, a technique that involves using lenticular lenses to make a printed image that has the ability to change or move as it is viewed from different angles. From one angle, the viewer sees an image of a farmworker wearing a respirator; from another angle, the same farmworker is seen under ultraviolet light showing evidence of pesticides on his face, hands, and clothing (using the tracing powder instead of pesticides). This unusual photographic technique is well suited to the subject and creates a powerful duality between the visible world and the invisible world of synthetic pesticides that permeate our lives, strengthening a crop’s resistance to disease but also linked to human health problems including cancer, asthma, and chemical sensitivity.
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In Collection(s)
Publication and Exhibition History: 2003-2008: “Glowing Evidence” - Ecological Writers Honor Rachel Carson, Boothbay, Maine (2008); Ecological Farming Conference, Asilomar, Calif. (2007); photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe (2003). 2004: “Honoring Cesar Chavez,” Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe; 2005: “Mass Reproduction,” College of Santa Fe; 2006: “Faculty Show,” Santa Fe Community College; 2008: “Cautionary Tales: A Visual Dystopia,” 516 Arts, Albuquerque; 2011: “Photographic Truths and Other Illusions,” Society for Photographic Education regional conference, Santa Fe Community College;