London Diaries Part 8 - The Politics of Food at Delfina Foundation

On my last day in London, I went to Delfina Foundation. I've known and dealt with some of the team from Delfina in Dubai, but never visited their space. They recently expanded their space and started a three year food themed artist residency. 

The Politics of Food includes exhibitions, tours, talks and events that will involve food and lots of eating I suppose. I only had a chance to check out the exhibition and looking forward to seeing the next phase of this programme.

As part of with Delfina Foundation's new seasonal theme on The Politics of Food, we present a group exhibition featuring Abbas Akhavan, Gayle Chong Kwan, Leone ContiniCandice LinAsunción Molinos Gordo, Senam Okudzeto, Jae Yong Rhee, Zineb Sedira, Tadasu Takamine, and Raed Yassin.   

From F. T. Marinetti’s Manifesto of Futurist Cookery to Gordon Matta Clark’s conceptual restaurant to Michael Rakowitz’s Enemy Kitchen, artists have often employed food within their creative process and practice. In recent years, a host of cultural practitioners has been interrogating relationships between food and environmental, economic and social concerns, as well as notions of cooking and eating as performative acts and of dishes, recipes, and cookbooks as oft-contested markers of cultural memory. 

The Politics of Food will explore an array of artistic strategies, both past and present, that address the history, politics, and ethics of food production, consumption, distribution and display. The group exhibition is a constallation of works that attempt to untangle complex histories and question current issues, from globalisation to excess waste.  This first serving of art, food and politics introduces some of the issues and ideas that will be further researched through residencies and complemented by events.  

Here are some photos I took when I visited the exhibition. 

Asunción Molinos Gordo

Candice Lin

Jae yong Ree  

Zineb Sedira 

This is my last post from London. My next destination is Berlin. Will report from there when I can. In the meantime, London, you've been fun and hope to be back again soon.