Material Politics at IMA, Brisbane
11 May 2017
Material Politics at the IMA, Brisbane opened on the weekend.
Details of my work:
the earth affords them no food at all, 2017
Vacuum sealed food storage bags, food
Produced with the support of the IMA. Courtesy of the artist.
“Keg de Souza has made a number of artworks including picnics and community conversations that center on food. Sustenance and food culture become a point of departure for conversations about colonization, gentrification, community, belonging, and cultural expression. Her works also often take the form of provisional architecture, spaces in which pressing conversations can be housed.
In this new work, the earth affords them no food at all, de Souza brings together ‘Australian’ foods on a monumental scale. The work combines naturally occurring nourishments such as macadamias, pepper berries, finger limes, alongside introduced species such as corn, and popular process items such as Twisties and Barbecue Shapes. Fifty-five foods are vacuum-sealed in clear plastic bags fastened together to form a large, transparent wall that echoes her earlier shelter structures made of used tents or picnic blankets.”