November 21 – January 04
“This project began with a look at the foods historical dictators have eaten. Quickly, though, our endeavor evolved as we saw stark similarities between past and present. It became abundantly clear how authoritarian regimes throughout history have used food as a weapon, systematically oppressing, silencing, and killing people through starvation.
We want people to literally and figuratively sit down and look across a table to see the glaring disparities between the “haves and have nots.” The world has clearly changed tremendously in just a few short decades. Swaths of the world’s people, once routinely afflicted by sweeping hunger, have more regular access to food than before. Indeed, even some poor populations now face a greater threat from obesity than from starvation.
Yet tremendous imbalances exist in places both far away and closer to home. Many throughout the world are still forced to survive on the most meager of meals, or nothing at all, while a powerful few lavish in absurd culinary luxuries.
In Ethiopia, while aid monies disappear, whole villages eat leaves to try to survive. Up to 25,000 Ukrainians died each day during the famine under Stalin. In China, during the Great Leap Forward from 1958 to 1962, tens of millions starved to death. This year in Zimbabwe, as many as 2 million people may suffer hunger. And here in the United States — a country where up to 40% of food grown, processed, and transported will never be consumed — perhaps it is no wonder that 1 in 6 people (nearly 49 million in all) faces hunger.
These are just a small sampling of the communities where such contradictions exist.”
Henry and Caitlin began working together in 2004. Their mutual interest in food and photography has led to many out of the box collaborations turning food into Art and documenting it through the lens. The narrative, and ability to tell a story with food through their images is what drives them. From deep frying electronic gadgets, through recreating Rothko’s in rice to Art Galleries from gingerbread; they enjoy turning the mundane into the offbeat and memorable.