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Is there a relationship between how we consume food and how we consume art today, between the voracity of the art market and how we feed ourselves? Through their work, the eleven artists in this exhibition help us to converse with food, creating new relationships with food or readapting old ones to the current context. 

A group exhibition that brings us closer to a new generation of international artists who cook up a new figuration and set the table for us to talk about excess, waste, symbolism, marks and lack. The exhibition opens on 23 November and runs until 9 January. Sergio Sancho and Sara Coriat, from Urvanity Projects, get into the kitchen and offer us an exhibition, acting as curators, whose protagonist is sustenance or the act of eating.

They are a dozen international artists talking about a theme that has always been, in one way or another, in the history of art. In every decade, in every century, these representations have been a reflection of the society they portrayed. From Andy Warhol’s soup cans and the era of mass consumerism, to the Flemish still lifes of the 17th century and the moral sentiments behind the Roman mosaics and frescoes that tell us of an elite having fun.

This visual feast has two steps

Before getting tangled up with recipes or casseroles, the first stop is to stock up. Magical supermarket of glitter and fantasy. Superalimentos para el Alma is an installation by artists Sergio Mora and Lusesita. It is the recreation of a neighbourhood establishment where the products are small works of art -serialised and signed- ready to take away. “The idea is to play with the context to question our perception, blurring the boundaries between what is considered art and what are considered commercial products”.

Once the cart is filled, the visual agape begins. In the second part we find gluttony and insatiability in the work of Ana Barriga; Hannah Epstein’s interpretation of the tale of Goldilocks through greed and western consumer habits, presenting the protagonist as the ultimate white coloniser who consumes the resources of others without any concern; digital sedentarism, waste and the anthropological analysis of the present in the work of Nicolás Romero;

The ceramic feasts of Culitomatón and Lusesita; the ordinariness of consumerism and the informality of the brands that surround us with Ricardo Passaporte; the irony, humour and approach to ‘the good life’ in the work of Bieke Buckinx; the homage to food from Latin America in the iconic women of Fátima de Juan; the dreamlike and sometimes absurd world of Reihaneh Hosseini and the radiography with surrealist touches of the after-dinner Francesc Roselló.

Opening Wednesday 23 November from 19h