Food, in its scarcity or abundance, has always been a primary concern. Essential for human survival, an expression of culture and cultural values and often a subject for artists, the importance of food has never faded. Yet we can distinguish two developments in contemporary society:
1. Through food photography, documentaries, self-documentation, blogs and social media, the food we make or purchase has become a method of self-expression. So-called ‘foodies’, amateur photographers, Instagram hobbyists and online amateur reviewers find their importance, identity even, through food.
2. The world’s supply of food is running out.
VANITAS is a pop-up exhibition that explores abundance, vanity and the self-destructive nature of the contemporary food industry. Innovative creators and dining/food designers are invited to explore these topics through their performances, installations, films or objects.
Running for one week, VANITAS also includes an exclusive innovative dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, designed by one of the participants, for which visitors can subscribe in advance. Running in the context of the Venice Carnival, these dinners are an immersive and festive food design event.