A Consonant for Noise


Installation exploring the global food crisis. Campbell created a braille pattern of corn kernels running across the gallery walls, and a sculptural glass-based installation on the floor, alluding to the global food crisis in which corn is paramount. As in the allegory of Plato’s Cave, she suggested how blind we are to reality, in this case, to the effects of the global food economy and genetic engineering on the world’s food supplies.

The corn kernels translate into braille as patterns of communication wrapping around the room. They list five major global seed banks including Svalsbard, and their locations in the world. The work looks at the role of these seed repositories as "Noah's Arks"  constructed as a living library of our planet's botanical history adding another layer to her work on perception and social responsibility.

Naomi Campbell2016