/Conversations/Positions/Gary-Ross Pastrana

Mabini Projects


/Conversations/Positions/Gary-Ross Pastrana
11 May to 8 June, 2018

Jan Balquin
Lesley-Anne Cao
Gale Encarnacion
Lou Lim
Veronica Pee
Issay Rodriguez
Jel Suarez
Nicole Tee

Friday, May 11, 2018, 6 pm

11 May to 8 June, 2018

To Eat is to Survive to be Hungry developed from a provocation for the artists to take a deeper look into contemporary food culture, to investigate prevailing dining and dieting trends viewed against the backdrop of the, at times, conflicting moral and ethical issues that surround its overall production and consumption. Under the guise of an intensive seminar, the participants came together for a series of meetings and along the way experienced hand milking an actual cow, managed to fall in love with a dish made out of the different ages of cheese, got the inside scoop from a local chef about his newly opened, foraging-based restaurant, learned about another chef whose take on food landed him an invitation to Documenta 12 and collectively wondered what could’ve motivated the founding of the artist-run restaurant Food in 1971. These and other insights gained from the shared research have now found their way into new, slightly more experimental projects specifically designed to test out ideas, formulate questions and apply strategies adapted from the realm of food and, in the process, articulate the startling complexities that come with the basic act of nourishing our bodies.

- Gary-Ross Pastrana