“The subject of food is blown wide open, far beyond the product that ends up on our dinner table”
– Elephant
“[An] eclectic collection of provocations, propositions, ideas and recipes”
“To the credit of everyone involved, the volume succeeds in surfacing all that is unfamiliar about food, through a selection of interviews, essays, and creative contributions that elucidate its many facets, from its production and distribution to its role in community-building and climate change”
– ArtAsiaPacific

Over the last six years, through its eponymous thematic programme, The Politics of Food, Delfina Foundation has been at the forefront of supporting, developing and providing a platform for creative practitioners and researchers interrogating the global politics and ethics of food production, distribution and consumption.

Out of this renowned programme comes Politics of Food, co-published by Delfina Foundation and Sternberg Press, an important document of current research and thinking around this subject with contributions by prominent artists, academics, activists and chefs.

Through interviews, essays and artist contributions, the book critically assesses and illuminates ways in which the arts can confront food-related issues, including the infrastructure of global and local food systems, alternatives and sustainability, climate and ecology, health and policy, science and biodiversity, and identity and community.

This book is neither a record of Delfina Foundation’s work in this area, nor a comprehensive survey of all issues or artists working with food. Instead the book presents some of the most pioneering ideas and projects around the subject, focusing specifically on four key areas which serve as sections into which the book’s content is structured: Food and Identity; Food Journeys; Food Futures; and Food and Hospitality.

Special thanks to Umur for the generous support towards the printing of this book.


Aaron Cezar (Founding Director, Delfina Foundation) and Dani Burrows (Director of Strategy, Delfina Foundation, 2013-2017)

Harry G. West, Raj Patel and Tim Lang

Ferran Adrià and Marta Arzak; Tamara Ben-Ari and Asunción Molinos Gordo; Mark Hix and Patrick Holden; Michel Pimbert and Tomáš Uhnák; Michael Vazquez and Michael Rakowitz

Other contributions
Kathrin Böhm; Center for Genomic Gastronomy; Leone Contini; Cooking Sections; Chris Fite-Wassilak; Amy Franceschini and Michael Taussig; Fernando García-Dory; Melanie Jackson; Dagna Jakubowska; Nick Laessing; Jane Levi; Poppy Litchfield; Candice Lin; Christine Mackey; Taus Makhacheva; Elia Nurvista; Senam Okudzeto; Thomas Pausz; Daniel Salomon; Vivien Sansour; Standart Thinking; Serkan Taycan; Lantian Xie; Raed Yassin

Published by
Delfina Foundation and Sternberg Press

November 2019

Available from
sternberg-press.com (Forthcoming – November 2019)

Retail price
€24.00 / £20.00

Managing Editor
Rosalind Horne

Marco Ugolini, Objectif



24 x 18 cm


Umur Printing

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