Turning food into art

The Food Chain Installation at the Food Bazaar

Turning food into art

08-05-2014 | 14.42

The Food Bazaar will not only be the place for the actual consumption of food, but also for art with cuisine as its subject. That's why we invited Itamar Gilboa to Trouw on June 19th to showcase his Food Chain Project in Trouw which will be exhibited in Nieuw Dakota coming November. 

The Food Chain Project is a pop-up supermarket made entirely of sculptural groceries that represent multi-disciplinary artist Itamar Gilboa's consumption over 365 days. 
Each individual part of the installation — ranging from a lemon to a carton of milk and from a can of tuna to a duck — can be bought separately at the exhibition. Seventy percent of the profits will be donated to the NGO's Fairfood International and Youth Food Movement who are fighting food issues and thereby creating a food chain: "What I ate turned into art, which, when sold, can again become food," according to Gilboa. 
The Israeli-Dutch artist kept a diary of everything he ate and drank for the duration of a year. He meticulously kept track of his daily consumption. Some three years later, the results can be seen in a sculpture installation, the Food Chain Project. His installation, a traveling pop-up supermarket consisting of more than 8,000 white plaster sculptural groceries, physically represents Gilboa's yearly consumption. 
Thinking about his personal consumption habits, Gilboa started to research the social implications of individual consumption choices on global food issues. By presenting the 8,000 products he consumed in a year, Gilboa aims to raise awareness and generate a wider discussion on global food issues. The installation is thought provoking and uses an inventive approach to point out our overconsumption, while hundreds of millions of people around the world still suffer from hunger every day.

You can visit Itamar Gilboa's Food Chain Installation in De Hal during our big Food Bazaar on June 19th. Doors open at 16.00 and entrance is free.
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