"Let them eat cake" naively said the famous queen. “Off with her head” angrily shouted the hungry in response, and so it was done. Hunger is probably the strongest driving force for humanity.
The revolutions and evolution happen because of food and hunger. Because of hunger, people can destroy a given social order. Because of food, humans have learned to cultivate the earth.
We learned that the taste of your grown food and contact with the earth brings peace and balance to one's life. Food is what connects us to the earth and its endless circulation, we eat and so we shall get consumed. It is a system that makes us an organic part of our planet.
The hunger has many forms. In today's world, we co-live in big cities with millions of people, yet perhaps we are the loneliest ever. People often suffer from spiritual hunger. A feeling and a need to fill the void within. but instead of finding the missing part, the inner hole grows larger.
Food is a comfort zone for many people, who turn to it after daily stress to seek relief. However, the corporate food industry is one of the biggest contributors to pollution and global warming.
Hunger is a force that brings completely different people together to achieve one goal. Hunger is the most important niche that distinguishes rich from poor, and shows us how poorly distributed the wealth is in the “post” colonial world, There is starvation of the people, harmed by the beauty industry. Due to the pressure created by it, many suffer from eating disorders to meet the shallow standards of beauty.
Hunger can also be purifying. Many people use hunger to cleanse the body and soul, to cure diseases. Some substances are consumed to give us a big boost to expand our consciousness. The Fungus Platform will focus on different interpretations and works by 12 artists over the next two months on the theme of food and hunger.
David Apakidze - Eternal Grief
The process of eating may bring you pleasure, or bring pleasure to somebody else. What matters is that the choice to eat is yours. The video questions the topic of the main divide between liberal and left-wing feminists – the sex work issue, a discussion of which is very often louder than the voices of sex workers themselves.
NAJA ORASHVILI - ALL BELONGS TO ALL
“For the first time in history,
a revolution has been accomplished
which considers the NEEDS of the people
before schooling them in their DUTIES.”
The Conquest of Bread, Peter Kropotkin
Food is an integral part of our lives and a carrier of special information. It is a universal language through which we write our own stories, expose the conscious and unconscious worlds, emphasize our identity, diversity, uniqueness, and originality. Food is a social construct. It is a political statement. It reveals our ethnicities and religious beliefs. Exposes the prohibitions and dogmas within us; Affects our health, development, our emotional state, and well-being.
Food is a feeling of security and happiness, it is transformation, it is the changes. It is a reflection of the past, a connection to our memories and friends. It is a ritual through which we celebrate and mourn; we share our knowledge, experience, and lifestyle. A medium for conveying one's ideology, values, and visions.
Food is life. Food is poison.
It is love and hate, It kills.
Causes wars, pandemics, and at the same time, it is a joyous pleasure.
It wakes us up, puts us to sleep, awakens us.
It is aphrodisiac it increases cravings, sexuality, and libido.
It is a control mechanism of the state and an instrument of oppression for the privileged. A tool of gender discrimination for society - as we are taught to manage the body through food and forced to obey the patriarchal order.
Food, that centuries ago had only a biological dimension, now is a determinant of social and economic status, ethnic, religious, and cultural identity. People should have access to well balanced food at all times for a dignified life, but today it has become a cruel and ruthless tool in the hands of corporations.
Lasha Kabanashvili - As right, so left
The installation represents an interpretation of vanitas still life painting and explores the sacralization of consumer experience in a consumer society. In the old-times main meaning of vanitas still life was consisted in “art of dying”, which comprehends existence from a Christian perspective and reminds us about vanity and ephemerality, with promise new of life after death, in which we are found in heaven or hell after the judgment; but in contemporary life conditions of heaven and hell coexist in earthly existence, and death is understood directly as punishment.
In modern times conceptions and experiences of humans are conditioned on the one hand by the discourse of science, which has a monopoly on truth; and on other hand by the discourse of capitalism, which is constructing the content of the subject’s desire. Contemporary life in some means is desacralized by the discourse of science – god is dead, time is linear and profane, and death is understood as the end of the subject. After the symbolic death of god, the discourse of capitalism resurrects him, resacralizes reality and experience, and preserves the function of myth, which implies to extinguish profane time, an experience beyond it, in meta-time. The work represents by one side entertainment culture, which has a ritualistic basis; and by another product, with manifestation of transcendental.
NIKITA - Prayer
Offerings are made for Pseudo-gods every day for electricity.
So we can survive and not be banished out of that fridge,
Therefore we learn new recipes and make new offerings.
They tell us that our lives are like food,
If we eat fast, we will have nothing left for tomorrow.
But if we save it, it shall spoil.
And we still pray before the feast, so that we have food tomorrow.