I first started photographing the interiors of refrigerators while working on a documentary about hunger and food insecurity in the United States.
Each one is photographed as is. Nothing added, nothing taken away. Most of the people I worked with were strangers--people I met in food banks, on the streets or in airplanes, but there are also some friends and family included.
I was never trying to just get as many refrigerator images as I could, but would invite people to be a part of the project if we were drawn to each other for one reason or another. Over 4 years, I worked in 19 different communities with over 80 people from diverse backgrounds.
A refrigerator is a container for our complex food system. Fragments of each process can be found inside. Growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transportation, marketing, consumption and disposal.
Over the years, this collection of photographs has been used as a starting point and backdrop for dialogue and actions related to food at the community level. This has included potluck meals, round table discussions, cooking demonstrations, artist talks, health outreach events, spirituality retreats, reading groups, documentary film screenings, zine workshops, gardening and other related events.
Recently I have started organizing community food mapping workshops. Participants explore their local food system through images, text and found objects while working directly with at least one person in the community. The findings are brought together into collaboratively designed publications that are printed and distributed back to the community.
Community Food Mapping Workshop
September 13th, 10am-2pm
Departing from REVERSE Gallery, 28 Frost Street, Brooklyn NY
A food system includes all processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a community. Growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, and disposal. In this workshop we will discuss personal consumption before exploring our local food system through images, text and found objects. The majority of our time will be spend out on the streets and will culminate in a collaboratively designed publication.