01 | Montage sketches along the research of Food + War.
A visual montage cuts together fragments of food industrialisation, standardisation, the development of preservatives, mass livestock and the subsequent control of food supply via global logistics. In this graphic, challenges around food scarcity are depicted alongside within military operations and conflicts. This marks the strange and fragile relation of food and warfare such as in extreme conditions, where food becomes a strategic weapon – directing or blocking food supplies, occupying infrastructure or targeting grain silos.
The map of worldwide hunger (2015 FAO Hunger Map) appears similar to the map of ongoing conflicts; these two maps, merged together, highlight the commonality of food scarcity and conflict. The industrialisation and logistics around food lead on the other hand to an abundance of food in the wealthy and conflict-free zones, such as Europe. The EU produces an annual 88 million tonnes of food waste, which state the abundance of food - here.
While ‘enough food is produced globally’, as the FAO states, ‘there are still 800 million hungry people worldwide’. These systemic faults of an industrialised food supply chain and the misuse of food as a weapon for power are visualised in the large-scale montage, Food + War; An artistic compilation of media coverages of the past ten years frame correlations between the two industries of food and war and the resulting social impacts.
Commissioned and funded by the Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe , Hamburg, 2017.
Exhibited as part of Food Revolution 5.0 at the Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe, Hamburg, 2017.
Exhibited as part of Food Revolution 5.0 at the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin, 2018.
Exhibited as part of Food Revolution 5.0 at the Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur, 2018-2019.
02 | Screen view of the full 4.5 x 5.5 m graphic montage on relations between food supply / industry and the military sector.
03 | Installation of the large scale montage within Food Revolution 5.0 exhibition at the Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe, Hamburg and the Gewerbemuseum, Berlin .