FOOD; Reflections on Mother Earth, Agriculture and Nutrition

FOOD is a large international travelling art project realized by ART for The World, in collaboration and with the support of the Department of Culture and Sport of the City of Geneva.

FOOD aims to be, through the works of the artists and filmmakers, a platform for culture and creativity for a better comprehension of reality and practice of values concerning alimentation.

With exhibitions, performances, films, debates, conferences, round tables and workshops around the topic of nutrition, the audience will be involved in questions connected to the territory, right to food, valorization of the alimentary traditions for a sustainable development and to encourage new attitudes to the new generations, with the contribution of economists, anthropologists, sociologists and alimentary research centers.

The subject of food is definitely highly complex, dealing with survival, health, economy and culture;

Every five seconds a child dies of starvation. Nearly a billion human beings are severely under-nourished.

In our times of dramatic demographic growth and globalization, any distortion can rapidly take an impressively disastrous turn. Famine is no longer caused by natural calamities only, but by the alimentation production chain itself instead. Famine is not a result of a lack of food. It actually is the opposite: worldwide food surplus is used to undermine agricultural production in developing countries.

Find out more about this project on December 19 at the Musée Ariana, Swiss Museum for Ceramics and Glass. The exhibition is open until February 24, 2013

FOOD will present the works of artists coming from the five continents, concerned by questions linked to earth, agriculture and alimentation: Marina Abramović (Serbia), John Armleder (Switzerland), Joseph Beuys (Germany), Marcel Broodthaers (Belgium), Mircea Cantor (Romania/France), Lenora de Barros (Brazil), Subodh Gupta (India), Jannis Kounellis (Greece/Italy), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Anna Maria Maiolino (Italy/ Brazil) Marcello Maloberti (Italy), Cildo Meireles (Brazil), Miralda (Spain), Tony Morgan (UK/Switzerland), Liliana Moro (Italy), Gianni Motti (Italy/Switzerland), Ernesto Neto (Brazil), Meret Oppenheim (Switzerland), Angelo Plessas (Greece), Pipilotti Rist (Switzerland), Dieter Roth (Switzerland), Shimabuku (Japan), Vivianne van Singer (Switzerland), Raghubir Singh (India), Daniel Spoerri (Romania/Switzerland), Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon/France), Nari Ward (USA).

At the same time, there will be presented the short films by the following filmmakers: Jia Zhang-Ke (China), Murali Nair (India), Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso), Pablo Trapero (Argentina) and the documentaries on Mesa Brasil, SESC Sao Paulo and on the Austrian collective wastecooking.

FOOD will be also shown in Milan at Spazio Oberdan (September – November 2013), in Marseille at MuCEM, Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (September 2014 – January 2015), among other venues.

Musée Ariana. Musée suisse de la céramique et du verre

Address: 10, avenue de la Paix – 1202 Geneva (CH)


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