Through video, installation, performance, recipes, walks and talks, this is a whole series of new work. It ranges from contemporary Kaurna cuisine right through to giant supermarket tomatoes, desalination, chemical impacts and migrant labour.
There are eight local and interstate artists who have investigated what is on our plate in PLENTY. Here, however, they have looked beyond mere cooking to the world of globalised food production. Each artist has researched the subjects and produced their ideas and prototypes that "propose individual and collective action", in the Adelaide region and beyond.
Australia and Adelaide are the driest places in the driest state and PLENTY maps and challenges the consumption, production sustainability and security of our food.
It will be held from 5th January to 9th February, so this gives you quite a lot of time to get down and see this exhibition. It will be held at ACE Open, Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide, from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.
The artists who feature at this exhibition include:
Kelly Reynolds (SA)
Jamie Lewis (VIC)
James Nguyen and
Cong Ai Nguyen (NSW/SA)
Keg de Souza with
Lucien Alperstein (NSW/SA)
James Tylor (SA)
One of the events that will be on during this exhibition is The Only Rock We Eat - Performative Meal. This is by Keg de Souza and collaborator Lucien Alperstein and is a performative meal as part of their artwork, The Only Rock We Eat.
This exhibition takes us around the world through stories of salt, which is used as currency, the motivation for wars and revolutions as part of trade routes and urban development. It then comes back to Kaurna/Adelaide Plains, where local agriculture is battling with the ever-changing salinity conditions, together with a drought-prone environment.
While sharing a plate to eat with food that is drought resistant and salt tolerant, this work invites you to sit down at the table and join a discussion on the future of food production and the eating of this food.