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Food In Context

by Andrej Tisma / all user's albums

Food is essential for the survival of all living beings, so it deserves great respect. In the old times of our civilization, in addition to its nourishing and hedonistic roles, food was often treated as a sacred thing; a symbol of an exchange of energies with the gods, and its worshiping had an important role in society. That respect for food is slowly disappearing, giving way to a consumption mentality. Good tasting and good looking food symbolizes a healthy life and sane human organisms, so it follows that the endangerment of food symbolizes an endangerment of humankind and its values as well.

On the other hand, in the process of consumption or even just by keeping it in inadequate conditions food degrades, changes its shape, color, flavor and odor. It is transformed into its opposite; from a beautiful thing into a pile of ugly, stinking, dirty garbage. It decomposes into simple chemical elements and loses its divine, nourishing and hedonistic nature. It is reduced into the same elements that all things in this world are composed of, which shows the impermanent nature of food. Impermanence affects everything on earth; living beings, humans and civilizations.

"Food In Context", a series of digital prints, is about the endangered position and impermanence of food, and thus, humankind. The artistic message and effect is achieved by contrasting scenes of different kinds of food with objects and situations from everyday life. The prints in original are purposefully large (average dimensions are 180 x 60 cm) in order to clearly express this universal problem.

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