The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is hosting an exhibit until June 10th surrounding the culture, tradition, and survival of food. It brings attention to eating as an essential part of connecting with one another and the earth. Hungry Planet: What the World Eats provides a place to gather and discuss 21st century food issues and idea.
Peter Menzel’s work extends beyond what is showcased, but the museum displays families from 10 countries around the world. The families are shown in their homes, at the market, and surrounded by a week’s worth of food. The vibrant photos are a fascinating window into something that I often take for granted and illustrates the care that goes into meal preparation. The communal aspect of eating is also highlighted and often, the focus is directed towards the time individuals take to hunt or gather food or head to several markets to obtain what is fresh and local. After looking at the gallery two or three times, I realized that my week’s worth of food most closely resembles the diet of a rural Chinese family. What’s your match?
Take advantage of this exhibit on Thursday, June 7th when admission is FREE and doors stay open until 8pm!
I’d love to hear your thoughts about the photos, the families, or your love of food.