Curated by Rod Taylor
What do you eat in a day? In a compelling collection of photos and descriptive text, photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D’Aluisio will answer that question for 13 people from around the world. The portraits are organized by the amount of calories consumed, from a low of 800 for a Maasai herder in Kenya to a high of 12,300 for a binge eater in Great Britain, as well as listing every item that person consumed in a single (although not necessarily average) day. Interesting, engaging, and at times disturbing, the portraits offer a unique insight into other cultures. They also give our own diets a more global perspective, and allow us to consider some of the wider implications of our food choices.
The material is drawn from the recently published What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, a follow-up to the highly acclaimed and award winning book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. Developed by Touchstones Nelson with material provided by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, the exhibit will be the Canadian gallery debut for the work. Also featured will be What Nelson Eats, a supplementary display of local individuals running concurrent to this exhibit at the Nelson Public Library. Using the work of Menzel and D’Aluisio as inspiration, the portraits will be photographed by Karen Redfern, with text developed by curator Rod Taylor