20 pages, full colour and hand stitched
At the Foodbank the food is stored on shelves underground and when immersed in that surrounding it’s easy to get a feeling of post-apocalyptic and post war era where the food is stored in cans and protected in a shelter usually underground.
The storage of food and the way it is thought of now are closely linked. Nowadays food is served as a mean to preserve a person, to make them stay alive, not as a pleasure.
The labeling (the handwritten dates) on the cans, the haphazard stacking, the claustrophobic feeling and the quality of the food all speak for the desperation of the situation – people need food and what we are giving them is not usually what our bodies are made to consume. This reveals an interesting dynamic of something absolutely off-putting but an action of incredible kindness in helping others survive as well as something that I personally disagree entirely but understand completely.
I fully support food banks, they have saved many people’s lives and with this project I do not wish to put them in a bad light, on the contrary, I would like to expose them and a different lifestyle that to me seems unfair and extreme, all in the best way possible.
I do believe that it is about the way the mentality on food has evolved and the way people are treated on consumption and are forced to rationalize and I do want to stress that this is a global issue: there is a shortage of food and I am only looking at one aspect of it.