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A trip around the world of food

Four photographers, from four countries in four continents, tell food from four different points of view.

Food the World Over, a journey around food

Opening wednesday 5 august, 5 p-m.

Four continents, four countries, four photographers, four ways to ‘see’ food, ‘think’ food, ‘live’ food: here is the leit motiv of Food the World Over, a photograph exhibition (39 images overall) by four different photographers who show their own vision of food from the most varied and different locations of our planet.

The journey begins from the cold and deerted Arctic regions, with Galya Morrell, journalist, explorer, artist from Siberia, who depict moments of daily life of the nomad peoples up there, in the northernmost lands of the Earth. A nomad herself, by blood – Galya belongs to the Komi people, accostumed to moving following the paces of nature and the animals they raise – and by choice – she lives between her native siberia, Greenland and new york City – with her photographs she leads us in a photojourney that starts from the simplest things: a knife and two slices of fish, the least necessary to hunt for food and survive when you are alone, surrounded by by square miles of ice, in an environment that offers no comfortable living conditions. The least mistake, a bad fishing or hunting day, a mere oversight (maybe the knife slipping off your hands into the snow) can casue huge problems, maybe cost your very life. Difficulties and risks which are exorcised in feasts and celebrations like the one Galya sent us an image about, thanksgiving ceremonies to confirm a pact between Nature and Man.

Cambodia’s Chin Sokkea is showing daily life images, too. This time, though, we are in the far South-Eastern tip of the huge Asian continent, in that Cambodia that struggles hard to get out of the social, economical, political disasters caused by wars and colonialism in the past century. His photographs depict moments of daily life in a school for orphans and abandoned children. More in particular, he aims at showing us how the typical food of his country is prepared, every day, those noodles we all know so well by now. But if we can just grab a pack of noodles from our supermarket shelfs, in Cambodia they need be prepared starting from raw materials, flour crushed, beated and pounded in the mortar till it turns into a semi-liquid ready to be threaded and turned into noodles. We shall not forget the daily ‘hygiene lesson’ for children, represented by the hand washing scene, a simple habit basic in a country like Cambodia to avoid breaking out of viruses and diseases. Despite poverty and hard living conditions, meals are a moment for joy and happiness and smiles – children are children everywhere and anywhere, and Cambodian children are known for being particularly cheerful and smiling –, followed by another ‘lesson’ for these children of ours: washing and cleansing of tools, plates, pots. Lesson of life, and life within a community, a life where everybody depends and leans on anybody else, and team work is a basic moment in the process of growing of an individual and of a community alike. Last photograph, an image of streetfood in Cambodia: nothing trendy or fashion, rather a necessity and a habit, a way of living in a community even when you do not know the persons you are with, but with whom you share – maybe for one moment only – the same square meter on a street.

Let us cross the Pacific Ocean and land in Peru. More precisely in Lima, capital city of this country, in its immediate outskirts, Rimac, one the largest and most famous ‘barrios’, or ‘favelas’ of the country. Famous not for remains of the Mayas or another of the several Andean peoples and civilizations, but because this is one of the most difficult of the whole Latin- America. Difficult, here, means poor, degraded, dangerous. Despite such degraded living conditions, which can be seen in the first images of the set, local culture is rich and intriguing. Liesl Marelli, an American professional photographer with a very keen eye for social topics and especialy for gender-related issues, explores the area for us, telling the difficulties and the problems women meet and have to deal with in a such difficult social environment dominated by a culture where ‘machismo’ is overflowing. Yet, even in a favela such as Rimac, smiles are everywhere, hope is everywhere, and so is the will to defy those who consider women as inferiors.

To end with, Franco Cavalleri, enfant du pays and organizer of the event. His photographs leverage on the main event of this 2015, the Esposition Universel currently on stage in Milan and in the whole of our region, Lombardia, to explore food as a celebration but at the same time as sharing of moment of joy and happiness – even among people who do not know each other and are perfect strangers sharing one, unreplicable moment – yet keeping into consideration and mind that food is also history, tradition, humour, art. And work, as the very last image (inspired by Expo 2015) seems to remind us

Partner of the exhibition is A Smile For Cambodia ONLUS, a non-profit organization active in support of international initiatives in the childcare sector in Cambodia.

Food the World Over is at Corriere di Como, via S.Abbondio 4, August 5-31.
Entry is free, 10 a.m to 7 p.m.
For more informations, please contact:
franco.cavalleri@poste.it or 348.511.8387.

We heartly welcome you for the exhibition opening, Wednesday 5 August, from 5 p.m.

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