Research Project

Redacted: Suicide, Big Ag, and Climate Crisis / Elegy for the American Farmer

A farmer and his two sons stand in a crop field. Their eyes have been redacted.
Principal Investigator
Barger, Carla

Abstract

Redacted is a digital project that aims to address the rising suicide rates among US Farmers by using an interdisciplinary approach that marries science and poetics. I will compile, analyze, and then visually present data and documents related to large agricultural operations, the worsening climate crisis, and suicide rates. Subsequently, I will use the results and documents as ciphers and prompts to create poems that speak to what digital data alone cannot— the visceral cost of environmental and human degradation.