20 January – 27 February 2014
As part of Delfina Foundation’s seasonal thematic programme The Politics of Food, a group exhibition was presented featuring Abbas Akhavan, Gayle Chong Kwan, Leone Contini, Candice Lin, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Senam Okudzeto, Jae Yong Rhee, Zineb Sedira, Tadasu Takamine, and Raed Yassin.
From F. T. Marinetti’s Manifesto of Futurist Cookery to Gordon Matta Clark’s conceptual restaurant to Michael Rakowitz’s Enemy Kitchen, artists have often employed food within their creative process and practice. In recent years, a host of cultural practitioners has been interrogating relationships between food and environmental, economic and social concerns, as well as notions of cooking and eating as performative acts and of dishes, recipes, and cookbooks as oft-contested markers of cultural memory.
The Politics of Food explores an array of artistic strategies, both past and present, that address the history, politics, and ethics of food production, consumption, distribution and display. The group exhibition was a constellation of works that attempted to untangle complex histories and question current issues, from globalisation to excess waste.