Facing Io

Facing Io: Prairie Abattoir

Ecotone
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
9 February - 14 April 2013

[video projection (6 minutes)]

Facing Io: Prairie Abattoir considers the inter-species dialectic of abattoir workers and animal subjects in industrial meat production.

Prairie Meats, a family-run abattoir in Coaldale, Alberta, is a facility that processes livestock from independent farms in the region, many organic and free-range operations. For 25 years, the abattoir hadn't significantly changed its methods, resisting pressure to increase efficiency and production. This video documents vanishing practices just prior to upgrades to the facility.