3. A draft for food related reductions

Maja Ciric


 - Reduction of food on the plate depending on a culture: Some Western cultures separate food in different personal plates, one course following the other. In some Asian cultures people share their plates. In Ethiopia they don’t use plates.

- Reduction in the number of people consuming food: Take for example the video Burek of the Tirana born, Paris based artist, Anri Sala, where in the beginning his grand-mother bakes a pie for an entire family. Over a period of time the members of the family move away and the pie becomes smaller and smaller, until eventually she bakes a pie just for herself.

- Reduction of time that one dedicates to food: In Mediterranean cultures, Italy and Spain in particular, not having lunch between 1 and 3 pm is almost blasphemy. As if eating the food is not enough, talking about food while eating is also mandatory. In some other Eastern European cultures, these times are organized in such a way that eating a proper seated lunch is either a family affair or a business affair, but rarely an intimate experience during the working day. In Eastern Europe lunch could often be reduced to a quick visit to a bakery, meaning that both food related time and the content would be reduced.

- What about the failures of cooking that happen due to some ingredients being forgotten?

- Dieting as a tool for food reduction, and the consequent reduction of kilograms.

- Some say that a woman in the kitchen is a house-wife, while a man in the kitchen is sexy. Isn’t that a reduction of a food to an aspect of gender?

- With the monopoly of GMO, will we not reduce the organic aspect of food, and the freedom of being naturally connected to the Earth?

- And then there is hunger, the ultimate sign of a total reduction of food.

 

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Maja Ciric is an independent curator living and working in Belgrade, Serbia. 
Her works are available at https://uartsinbelgrade.academia.edu/MajaCiric