The ‘Harvest’ exhibition at GoMA was a celebration of food in art, with displayed works featuring a range of media from video works to large-scale installations.
All the artworks driven by the idea of future sustainability and allow the audience to review the way production and distribution of food is linked to the formation of the world.
Rivane Neuenschwander’s Contingent was my personal favourite, as this bold-video work captured the essence of ‘Harvest’ perfectly. Contingent features a world map made of honey, as the video continues ants consume the map and eventually the honey fades away. The use of ants eating honey shows landmasses slowly become scrappy islands and as the islands fade, so do the ants.
The ants’ behavior is being linked back to humans and their over-consumption of finite resources, where one thing relies on another for existence and as soon as one disappears, so does the other. The piece is a beautiful, eye-opening comment on our infinite consumption of the planet’s finite resources…but see it for yourself and come to your own epiphany.
Of course, numerous artworks stole my heart including as Tomás Saraceno’s Biosphere (which almost acts as a solution to Neuenschwander’s piece…)and the Pineapple Express!, which was created by all you wonderful Brisbanites. ‘Harvest’ is a truly wonderful exhibition and I am so pleased that once a year we are exposed to such great artworks that really make you step back and reconsider the way you are contributing to the world through food.
Written by Michaela Petrofes