"El Valley Centro," James Benning (U.S., 1999)
All of James Benning's films share an affinity with landscape photography; the long duration of his individual shots invite contemplation and draw our attention to th e social implications of place. In El Valley Centro, images of plowing and harvesting expose a region deeply connected to agribusiness. Strangely unpopulated, the area appears to be a company town. It is not just the crop duster and oil rigs, but the huge fields that dwarf tractors and the total absence of unaltered landscape that signal corporate values are at work. Water is regulated, the land is furrowed, and fires burn under control. Human sound is faintly heard, but perhaps only remembered. Kathy Geritz
(90 mins, Color, 16mm, From the artist)
The website will be permanently closed shortly, so please retrieve any content you wish to save.