MA Curating students present an exhibition which focuses on food waste and food justice in the UK.
Food connects us, nourishes us and is deeply embedded within our cultural identity. Yet there is another side to our consumption: according to Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap), 6.7 million tonnes of food is wasted every year in UK households – the equivalent of 15 billion meals. At the same time as the United Nations declare an international hunger emergency, 1/3 of the world’s food is thrown away during production, distribution and consumption. The promise of abundance and access to any food anywhere in the Capitalist world have led to this lifestyle – you don’t have to look far to find bins full to the brim that prove this.
‘6.7 million tonnes: we’ve bin through a lot’ brings together aesthetic, social and politically driven art projects that are drawn from the artists’ close-hand and intimate experiences of food production systems. The exhibition highlights the challenges of food justice today through the work of Yiming Mao, Itamar Gilboa, Sean Roy Parker, while artists Cat Coulter and Klaus Pichler explore the large-scale impact of food waste on our daily environment. Practical solutions towards a sustainable and resilient food system based on care and recycling are further explored in the work of Liz Elton, Bjorn Steiner Blumenstein and Lor-K.
To find out more, read the MA Curating students’ 6.7 Million Tonnes Gallery Guide
An exhibition curated by Faustine Pallez-Beauchamp, Pauline Tristani, Andrea Arteaga Ruiz, Weiqi Li, Yijie Cai, Vikas Garg and Sih-Ting Lin.
Image: Bjorn Steiner Blumenstein, ‘Catch of the Day’, 2020 (detail).
Installation images: Doug Atfield