Fra boller til burittos
“Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made” Otto von Bismarck
With the photography series From Buns to Burritos, I aim to question Norwegian food production and how consumers continue to underpin problematic sectors and industrial forms of animal husbandry.
Some of the problems are in many ways self-evident. More or less everyone agrees that farmed salmon should not eat drugs, that a chicken’s living space should be larger than an A4 sheet of paper, and that down should not be plucked from living geese. We know that these practices occur, yet we choose to eat what we believe are “free range hens”, salmon that are chockfull of drugs, and prawns that play a part in eradicating Asia’s mangrove forests.
The project consists of a series of photographs, with each photograph representing a given sector. I create the tableaus by first printing large gradient backdrops, before setting up the scenarios. As depicted, the food become an element of communication, because they are no longer subject to time. The visual idiom they have come to represent creates ambivalence between time, sustainability, and our relationship to food. The fruit and meat whose everlasting perfection is ensured by the photograph are not subject to decay.” (Text: kneip.no)