Exploring the relationship between legislation and intellectual property of seeds as a form of neo-colonialism, Asunción Molinos Gordo will present and screen her last work “Purpose, Scope and Penalties.” Produced under the framework “Let Us Cultivate Our Garden” for the 2016 Cappadox Festival in Uchisar, Turkey, this work revolves around the Seed Law no. 5553, one of the most controversial laws introduced over the past decades in Turkey regarding agriculture, empowerment of farmers and plant biodiversity. In collaboration with researcher Ayse Ceren Sarı, Asunción conducted several meetings and interviews with farmers, agriculturists, academics, researchers, villagers and seed traders in Cappadocia and across Turkey, inquiring about the effects of this law on small-scale farmers and agricultural markets ten years after its approval.

Hunger, A Man-Made Object – Speculation (Artist Talk)

The Empire Remains Shop, view from the street. Photo Tim Bowditch