A Bookshelf Project curated by Raina Martens

“Land is a scene of a crime and a strategy of freedom and liberation.”

—Monica M. White

“Perfect Knowledge of the Ground” is project curated by DC-based, transdisciplinary artist Raina Martens. Comprising of a virtual bookshelf, 25 limited limited-edition mail-order care packages, and a film screening, it responds to the capitalist and colonialist roots of our current ecological crisis by highlighting alternative agricultural practices. It is the fifth iteration of WPA’s ongoing Bookshelf Project.

Artist-curator Raina Martens writes: “This project is modeled on the sharing of critical knowledge and care... Instead of reproducing disastrous extractive logics, it turns to Black and Indigenous ways of knowing the ground to offer more reciprocal and collectively life-sustaining models for the future.”

The Virtual Bookshelf is open to the public and accessible here


Carolina Caycedo, Land of Friends, 2014, 38 mins.
Thursday, June 18 at 8:00–8:45 pm ET

About the Curator

Through writing, installation, and ceramic work, Raina Martens dramatizes entanglements between social and material worlds. They are a founding member of ​the Urban Soils Institute’s Art Extension Service, and helped design ​Project: Soils​, a collaborative initiative between artists and soil scientists.


This and other WPA projects are made possible by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Bloomberg Philanthropies; The Corcoran Women's Committee; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Hickok Cole Architects; White&Case; and many other generous foundations, corporations, and individuals.


May 27–June 18, 2020



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