Chapter 2 - Food for Thought
We are very excited to unveil the first images of our second Chapter, launching February 2024.
This time, we delve into the world of food.
Given the current global circumstances, it's important for us to approach this theme with care and sensitivity. Instead of celebration and abundance, our emphasis is on the connecting element, the ritual, and the cultural value of food.
JESSICA PETTWAY - Oysters (2020)
New York-based Jessica Pettway works with magazines like Time, VICE, New York Magazine and The New York Times.
With a unique eye for colour and playful compositions, Pettway creates surreal arrangements that serve as a relaxing escape from everyday life. Tactile and hands-on, her process is 3D, constructed primarily in the real world, rather than post-production.
Oysters is part of the artist's Bon Appetit Gift Guide project.
GRANT CORNETT - Untitled (2015)
Director and Photographer Grant Cornett is known for striking a unique blend of artistry and authenticity. Often blurring the boundaries between commercial and fine art photography, he explores a diverse range of subjects — food, drinks, jewellery, fashion, still-life and portraiture — all with his signature wit. Through his palette and composition, Cornett captures the beauty that can be found in the ordinary.
"This picture was made in the summer of 2015 in London for a small gelato maker called La Grotto Ices owned by Kitty Travers. It was as an incredibly fruitful week of picture making that happened in a small garage in the neighbourhood of Elephant Castle."
LANDON SPEERS - Halls aux Poissons, Essaouira (2018)
Canadian-born musician and photographer Landon Speers (1988) works and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Having spent his formative years photographing the punk community in the vast but isolated prairies of Western Canada, he acquired an appreciation for places both lively and calm.
As Speers continued his photographic journey, he began documenting the people and scenes he encountered in his everyday life. His work explores themes like repetition, space, and the contrasting forces of tension and peace.
Halls aux Poissons, Essaouira (2018) was taken at the main fish markets in the Moroccan port city of Essaouira. Here, locals have a tradition of buying seafood from a vendor and then taking it to a nearby grill, where they pay to have it cooked and served with available sides. Speers bought his dinner from a vendor, who turned out to be the uncle of the server at the restaurant he had picked.
ANA NÚÑEZ RODRÍGUEZ - A Tale Of Violence (2020)
Ana Núñez Rodríguez (1984) is a research-based photographer living and working between Spain and Colombia. She explores the politics of identity by sharing her own experience of navigating between these two cultures along with the experiences of others. With her images, she creates new ways of working together and sharing knowledge. Her goal is to uncover forgotten colonial histories and ask questions about how our shared memories and cultural heritage influence who we are.
A Tale Of Violence (2020) is part of Núñez Rodríguez’ ongoing series Cooking Potato Stories.The potato is cultivated almost everywhere, and globally cherished as an important part of local food cultures. Núñez Rodríguez set out on a quest to unearth local ‘potato stories’ across the world, including her own childhood memories and her migratory trajectory. The resulting harvest of verbal and visual anecdotes, recipes, myths and memories surrounding the potato forms a mosaic of how the humble crop universally inspires cultural and individual identities.
MARCO KESSELER - Watermelon (2021)
Marco Kesseler (1989) is a carbon negative photographer based in the UK. Increasingly influenced by his surroundings, the artist focuses on contemporary stories that explore our connection to the environment and how we shape the land around us. Kesseler’s images often emerge through collaborative processes, working with communities to document traditions and celebrations, exploring the intersection between the natural and manufactured world.
Watermelon (2021) is part of Harvest, a series that documents harvest months in rural West Midlands, a region in England. While the scenes may appear idyllic and timeless, they represent a significant period marked by uncertainty within the English agricultural industry and the nation's complex relationship with seasonal workers. Through Harvest, the artist not only documents a specific moment in time, but also pays tribute to the often overlooked essential workforce, shedding light on their contributions to society.
JENNI TOIVONEN - Papaya, 2021
Jenni Toivonen (1993) is a visual artist and interdisciplinary practitioner, primarily working in the field of fine art photography. Her artistic work revolves around the interconnectedness of life, ecology, impermanence and the passage of time, which she often explores through the materiality of the human body and the earth.
Toivonen created this image in a small town in Brazil, where her Finnish great grandparents migrated almost 100 years ago. With the dream of living in harmony with nature and following a naturalist lifestyle based on vegetarianism, they traveled to the other side of the world to build a utopian community in the tropics.
The image is part of the series Are We There, that investigates migration and the connection between human and nature.
WALTER PIERRE - Peach, 2018
Combining analogue and digital techniques, Walter Pierre (1987) explores the edges of fashion and art photography. The South African artist has a keen eye and a creative approach to capture images that resemble scenes from a movie, telling a new story with each photo.
Giving a background to the story and allowing for a deeper interpretation of the frame, location often plays an important role in the artist's work. Themes that Pierre deeply cares about are inclusion and diversity.
Peach (2018) was shot on film in Amsterdam as part of a collaborative project between Pierre and visual artist Marije Seijn. The shot captures a moment in the midst of a day primarily centered around fashion, ultimately becoming the standout image of the day.
MARISOL MENDEZ - Fruit Truck, 2020
In her artistic practice, Marisol Mendez (1991) highlights the interplay between truth and fiction, introducing diverse perspectives. Mendez delves into the contrasts between past and present, candid and staged, naturalistic and mythical. She emphasizes the intricate connection between what a photograph represents and the (sur)real world it originates from.
"In 2020, whenever pandemic-related restrictions permitted, I would explore the streets of my hometown, Cochabamba. Driven by a desire to unearth stories and forge connections through my lens, I embarked on a journey of capturing the lives of the vendors I encountered. Documenting their experiences became not only a means of socializing but also a reminder that the true impact of the pandemic extends beyond the medical realm to encompass profound social and systemic challenges.
The photograph depicts a fruit truck that has been transformed into a mobile market, which is a testament to the adaptive measures taken by many vendors and seasoned individuals in the informal sector. Despite the absence of a safety net, these resilient individuals navigated the uncertainties with courage and unwavering determination."
N.B. Image has been cropped due to web design constraints. We'll share the original landscape version soon.