- 07.06.2019 19:00
Food for the Eyes explores the rich history of food as a subject in photography. From basic sustenance to decadent feasts, food awakens the senses and touches both private and public life. As a subject that is commonly at hand, food has been and continues to be widely depicted. And photographs of food—much like food itself—can raise deep-seated questions around ideas of family, tradition, lifestyle, gender, race, pleasure, and disgust. Featuring photographs from across artistic and commercial practices, the exhibition delights in this most ordinary of subjects through three dynamic themes.
“Still Life” looks at the enduring artistic tradition first taken from painting, examining how photographers have followed, borrowed from, or subverted the still life genre over time. The images in “Around the Table” focus on the ritual and sense of belonging that takes place when food is shared, as well as the values and cultural identities they reflect. From farcical food fights to haute cuisine, “Playing With Food” explores how food has been a site for humor and play. In addition to the photographs, a wide-ranging display of cookbooks will provide their own visual history in context with the framed works.
Food for the Eyes . The Story of Food in Photography brings together a number of wellknown artists, including Nobuyoshi Araki, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Nan Goldin, Rinko Kawauchi, Laura Letinsky, Martin Parr, Irving Penn, Martha Rosler, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore and Wolfgang Tillmans, among others. Curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff the exhibition is organized by Aperture Foundation, New York in collaboration with C/O Berlin.