the earth affords them no food at all

Food, Mapping
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The vacuum packed food items in the earth affords them no food at all (2017)  represent various Australian food culture narratives from pre-colonisation to a contemporary context.

‘the earth affords them no food at all’ is a quote from Englishman William Dampier in 1697 when surveying the Australian landscape to colonise. This quote is a departure point for the work and highlights an inability to recognise and value existing culture/s.

Food tells history of the displacement and evolving food culture in Australia – from Indigenous foods to introduced crops to introduced weeds, to early colonial settlement foods, to uniquely ‘Australian’ foods – pre-war, to various waves of immigration, post-war foods, to contemporary food culture.

the earth affords them no food at all 2017
Vacuum-sealed food storage bags, food
Commissioned by Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane for Material Politics

  • Installation view, IMA, Brisbane

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  • Installation view, IMA, Brisbane

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  • Installation view, IMA, Brisbane

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  • Installation view, IMA, Brisbane

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