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Pauline D'Andigné, Bitter Sweet 5, 2021, digital photography, pearl inkjet paper print, 43,30 x 66,92 inches



Aranthell, Nicolas Boulard, Paola CiarskaPauline D'Andigné, Claire Dantzer, Marlène MocquetRaphaël-Bachir Osman, PavlosLuca Resta, Daniel Spoerri



11/05 - 08/07/2023


Opening Thursday 11/05, 6 pm - 9pm




Hunger, in its various forms, from the most vital needs to lustful greed, drives almost all human actions. In the fairytale Hansel and Gretel, hunger brings characters into peril; the starving children are lured by the witch's mouth-watering delicacies, each more tempting than the next, and the  witch, in her eagerness to eat Hansel, is tricked by Gretel.
In gastronomy, as in the arts, appearances can be deceptive. The more beautiful the food, the more delicious it looks, the greater the chance that it is a staged presentation, designed to make us drool – often at the expense of its taste or nutritional value. A product, conceptually depicted, is appealing, even if it is mere subterfuge, however, when the food is unadorned, greasy, oozing, and bleeding, our reaction can easily swing from temptation to disgust.
The eating experience, whether enjoyable or not, is commonly shared at the social convention we call a meal. Eating, whether enjoyable or not, is often shared at the social convention known as the meal. Its more outrageous version, the feast – the timeless glorification of the astonishing abundance of the upper classes - is a recurring motif throughout art history. The rotting remains of a gathering, accompanied by colored plastic packaging, are perhaps artifacts of our society of overconsumption, the vanity of these contemporary still lifes.
This exhibition doesn’t aim to judge so much as welcome visitors into a synesthetic culinary experience. The art, whilst purely visual, seeks to induce carnal reactions to representations of food: a desire to touch, smell and taste. Each piece has the potential to arouse attraction, fascination or revulsion.


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