You Are What You Eat – Mark Menjivar at Ampersand Gallery

bartender mark menjivar

Bar Tender | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Goes to sleep at 8AM and wakes up at 4PM daily. | 2008

This Wednesday, join Slow Food Portland and Ampersand Vintage Gallery for the first of our upcoming food-and-art events. Photographer Mark Menjivar has traveled across America, taking pictures of the insides of people’s refrigerators, in the process creating subtle portraits of their personal lives. Menjivar will be presenting a suite of his photos at Last Thursday this month, and Slow Food Portland will have a special chance to see his work at a preview opening. Come up to NE Alberta tomorrow evening to catch his show and hear him speak about his work, and bring along a dish to share for an informal potluck meal with the artist.

Menjivar describes You Are What You Eat as, “a series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the Untied States”:

For three years I traveled around the country exploring food issues. The more time I spent speaking and listening to individual stories, the more I began to think about the foods we consume and the effects they have on us as individuals and communities. An intense curiosity and questions about stewardship led me to begin to make these unconventional portraits.

A refrigerator is both a private and a shared space. One person likened the question, “May I photograph the interior of your fridge?” to asking someone to pose nude for the camera. Each fridge is photographed “as is.” Nothing added, nothing taken away.

These are portraits of the rich and the poor. Vegetarians, Republicans, members of the NRA, those left out, the under appreciated, former soldiers in Hitler’s SS, dreamers, and so much more. We never know the full story of one’s life.

My hope is that we will think deeply about how we care. How we care for our bodies. How we care for others. And how we care for the land.

Mark Menjivar Artist Reception and Potluck
Wednesday, September 23, 6 – 10 pm


You can also catch a local interview with Mark Menjivar on KBOO’s Art Focus, today at 11:30 am.

midwife mark menjivar

Midwife/Middle School Science Teacher | San Antonio, TX  | 3-Person Household (including dog) | First week after deciding to eat all local produce. | 2008

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