Kirsten Stolle

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52 New Chemicals, 2013

collage, 1947 Smith, Barney & Co. magazine advertisement, 13" x 10.25"

2,500 USD

From the 1940s-1960s Monsanto aggressively marketed their toxic chemicals through magazine advertisements. This propaganda overwhelmingly promoted their chemicals for use in war, agriculture, and home. Using collage, cutting and drawing, I have redacted the original text, altering the intended messaging and reframing the visuals to expose the real threat posed by toxic chemicals. The final reconstructed ads critique our nation’s history of overusing harmful agricultural chemicals and the U.S. Government’s weak regulations on corporate agribusiness.

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