Modern art 8

Vegetable garden. Beijing. Fall 2001
Gouache on paper. 55 x 80 cm.


In the Western world and the big cities of the developing world, people nowadays eat stuff coming out of tin cans, plastic bags of frozen food and other plastic bags of junk that have been produced in huge agribusiness factories controled by a handfull of multinational corporations. In our area of hyper-industrialism food mutated into an industrial merchandise.

Statistics show us that these last 50 years more and more of us are fattening, they call that rampant obesity. What they don't tell is that such obesity is a direct consequence of daily ingestion of industrial foods. Take a look at the ingredients content that I found on the package of bread and cookies: niacin, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavfin, folic acid, monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, ammonium chloride, erythorbic acid, L-cysteine, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, calcium propionate.

As I see it, obesity is as a collective punishment for the growing distance between ourselves and the origin of what we eat.

Vegetable garden is about my memory of the beauty of gardening when health and beauty were doing fine before the agribusiness fell into the claws of big capital.

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