DORODESIGN Likes: Mark Menjivar’s You Are What You Eat

Note From the Artist

You Are What You Eat is a series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the United States.

For three years I traveled around the country exploring food issues.  The more time I spent speaking and listening to individual stories, the more I began to think about the foods we consume and the effects they have on us as individuals and communities.

An intense curiosity and questions about stewardship led me to begin to make these unconventional portraits. A refrigerator is both a private and a shared space.  One person likened the question, “May I photograph the interior of your fridge?” to asking someone to pose nude for the camera.

Each fridge is photographed “as is”.  Nothing added, nothing taken away.

These are portraits of the rich and the poor.  Vegetarians, Republicans, members of the NRA, those left out, the under appreciated, former POWs, dreamers, and so much more.  We never know the full story of one’s life.

My hope is that we will think deeply about how we care.

How we care for our bodies. How we care for others. And how we care for the land.

You Are What You Eat has traveled to many cities and has been used by universities and community organizations as a catalyst for dialogue about food issues.  For more information about bringing the exhibit to your community, please contact me directly.

Exhibition details:  Twenty 32″ x 40″ and sixteen 24″ x 30″ archival inkjet prints in white frames. Can be shown in full or part and is shipped securely in custom-made travel crates.

Prints available at 20×200

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