HortiRecycling - Mexican Kitchen

Date: 2002 - 2008
Ref: 0645
Materials: Recycled Mexican gas cooker, Steel structure, mirrors, 8 recycled fruit crates, 8 laminated Lambda photographs, various kitchen ustensils, taps, wheels
Dimensions: 200 x 60 x 180cm
Catalogued: Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food Water Life, Princeton Architectural Press, NY, p.61
Exhibition history: 2012 Tufts Univerisity Art Gallery, USA; 2011 Venaria Reale Turin, Italy; 2009 Plymouth Arts Centre UK
Courtesy: Courtesy of the Artists

The Orta's public dinners and experimental kitchens coincide with a renewed worldwide interest in the politics of food. Communities around the world - working from the scale of global food networks down to local methods for farming and cooking - are seeking ways to make the food system better serve the needs of people and the planet. After decades of success in the production of massive quantities of cheap food, policymakers and citizens are recognizing the environmental and social cost of this process. The over-industrialization of food has forced small farms to surrender to agribusiness, reduced biodiversity in favor of monoculture crops, and assaulted communities with debilitating chronic diseases. Lucy + Jorge Orta illuminates issues of scarcity and waste while drawing people into a reflective experience of eating, drinking, cooking, and dining. (Ellen Lupton)

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