Curated by Raina Martens

Raina Martens and Washington Project for the Arts invite local DC-area residents to participate in Perfect Knowledge of the Ground. The project aims to reframe capitalist understanding of the roots of our current ecological crisis, by sharing Black and Indigenous agricultural alternatives through a virtual bookshelf, mail-order care packages, and a film screening.

The mail-ordered care package includes: a limited-edition reader, seeds and instructions for planting, and a guide to harvesting clay from the soil around you. Update: all care packages have now been claimed and the application has been closed.

Stay tuned for more project details!

About the Curator

Raina Martens is a transdisciplinary artist based in Washington, DC. Through writing, installation, and ceramic work they dramatize entanglements between social and material worlds. Raina is 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