'We Eat We Are'
30 April - 29 May 2021
Curated by Sarah Pirrie
'We Eat We Are' celebrates food as a form of social sculpture that unites, nourishes and renews. The lives we live through food define our imaginary, making sense of our desires, ideals and practices as a society. Often hidden in plain sight, these are the spaces and time-valued traditions that gurgle in a pot or ripen in the sun. When we eat, we consume glocally: linking into the global and local food webs while revelling in our own sense of place.
Seasonal rhythms, generational knowledge and sensory memories flavour expectations of what it is to live in the Northern Territory. As we eat we embrace the unexpected and the familiar, and plot a vision for our future selves. Do we go out fishing or take a trip to the Woolies deli section? Eat salty plums made from time honoured Asian recipes or eat the wild harvested super food, Kakadu plum? Through our anticipation of taste, ingredients and availability, we creatively imagine and invest in our future identity and wellbeing.
The gastronomically attuned artists in this exhibition represent a cross-section of the Northern Territory’s Top End society embracing cultural diversity and a multiplicity of practices. Reflecting geographical and historical influences from the southern belt of South East Asia to the land and sea country of Indigenous Australia, their personal and collective food journeys are the binding ingredients of We Eat We Are. The migration and translation of social and cultural identifiers associated with the meals we survive and thrive on inform an ever evolving recipe.