Through an open call, MFT Gallery invited farmers, artists, artisans and writers living in Maine, from diverse social-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, to create art, craft or poetry which reflects on their unique relationship to home/land.
MFT Gallery asked that the works submitted “speak to a deep relationship which comes from cultivating the land, or a longing for connection with the land.” Art and poetry selected for the final exhibition includes work by farmers/artists which expresses the relationship with the land they cultivate; work by farmers/artists who have been separated from home/land in some way and are cultivating a new relationship to the land they are on; and work by those who are longing for a renewed relationship to home/land.
The second floor of the gallery will be hosting a documentary photo exhibit by Ann Pollard-Ranco, titled “Cultivating Mother Corn”. Mother Corn documents the recent recovery of women-led traditional indigenous agriculture along the Sandy River in Starks, Maine, where Abenaki and other Wabanaki people sustainably grew food for thousands of years.
MFT will host the exhibit at its Gallery in Belfast from November 12, 2018 through March 1, 2019. This exhibit is promoted and curated in collaboration with GEDAKINA. Gedakina’s mission is to strengthen and revitalize the cultural knowledge and identity of Native American youth and families from across New England, and to conserve traditional homelands and places of historical, ecological and spiritual significance.
In addition, Kathy Pollard and Ann Pollard-Ranco from GEDAKINA will be speaking at the Belfast Free Library on Tuesday November 6th at 6:30pm, to share their story of the recent recovery of women-led traditional indigenous agriculture along the Sandy River in Starks, Maine. All events are open to the public.