Artist: Karolina Brzuzan
Curated by Katarzyna Sobucka
Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kochi, IN
22 Jan 2017
'Hunger is/isn’t an object' analysed famines and starvation periods which happen across the globe and looked at what people eat in such conditions. The event at the Aspinwall House took the form of a buffet.
'Hunger is/isn’t an object' reflected upon the edibility of food and nutrition. During her performance Karolina highlighted several moments in history where malnutrition was used as a method to suppress a population. Taking as a departure point the opinion that the condition of the world is faithfully reflected by an empty plate, Brzuzan scrutinised situations such as war, corruption, poverty, land grabbing and genocide. Each food crisis and famine she investigated did not result from natural calamity, but was the consequence of a human political or economic activity. Through offering samples of dishes that are being eaten in these conditions, Karolina gave an insight into a population being thrown back on its most local resources.
'Hunger is/isn’t an object' was an invitation to empathise with millions of people every day. By taking the form of a meal, and the choice of dishes served, this performance reminded us that famine that is not ascribed to any concrete time, nor to any geographic location. The performance intended to engage local people and their customs, and emerged from the hunger legacy of the colonial era in India. Brzuzan’s dishes were not especially delicious or nutritious. Their taste was the taste of hunger but also the will to survive, which one might dub as the 'love of life'.
Supported by The Polish Institure, New Delhi