PREVIEW: Food: Bigger Than the Plate, Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A’s exhibition will explore just how individuals and companies are reinventing how we grow, distribute and experience food.

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On display from the 18th May, Food: Bigger Than the Plate will take visitors on a sensory journey through the food cycle, from compost to table, it poses questions about how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future in unexpected and playful ways.

Featuring over seventy projects, new commissions and creative collaborations by artists and designers working with chefs, farmers,
scientists and local communities, the exhibition will be divided into four sections: ‘Compost’, ‘Farming’, ‘Trading’ and ‘Eating’.

The ‘Compost’ section will showcase a variety of projects that will aim to make a more resilient food system by closing the nutrient loop and changing our perception of waste. This section will include the Daily Dump’s pioneering system for home composting in India uses beautiful handcrafted terracotta pots to challenge the stigma of handling waste, whilst designer Fernando Laposse works with the discarded husks of colourful heirloom corn varieties in Mexico to create a new marquetry material, Totomoxtle, that supports agricultural biodiversity.

Meanwhile, the ‘Farming’ part of the display will explore the ideas to reinvent our relationships with the landscapes, organisms and people
that yield our food. ‘Trading’ will concentrate on posing questions about more transparent and diverse ways of buying, selling and
transporting food and ‘Eating’ will examine how the pleasure of cooking and eating, and how a meal connects us culturally, socially and

Talking about the exhibition, Catherine Flood and May Rosenthal Sloan, co-curators of Food: Bigger than the Plate at theV&A, said: “Food is one of the most powerful tools through which we shape the world we live in, from how we create society, culture and pleasure to how we determine our relationship with the natural world. In an era of major ecological challenges, fast-changing societies and technological re-invention, now is a crucial moment to ask not just what will we be eating tomorrow, but what kind of food future do we want? What could it look like? And taste like? Today, a wide range of inspiring creative practitioners are addressing these expansive questions.Putting food at the heart of the museum, this exhibition is an exciting opportunity to bring together some of the best of this work to explore food as rich ground for citizenship, subversion and celebration.”

Food: Bigger Than the Plate will be on display at the V&A from the 18th May.

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