The Last Supper: Delphine Serves-up Edible Art

Leonardo Da Vinci found rotting. Berlin-based artist and polymath performer Annique Delphine is serving up bodily figuration with her exhibition, The Last Supper.

Part of a series of Bites and Pieces, the exhibition embraces the aphorism ‘We Art What we Eat’ by inviting its audience to address the issues of nourishment, waste, and consumption in our global, late consumerist society. All in one bite.

Through my practice of using various objects to symbolize the feminine I’ve begun to relate the exploitation of nature to the objectification of femme bodies,” says Delphine, as her work soon-to-be rotting work inspired a morbid fascination with our bodies. Life-giving and nurturing, the medium of food has a tenuous relationship with culture and conceptions of the self. Through her examination of the feminine self-as-consumer/consumed, Delphine uses food to question the cultural transformations in nature and female-hood. Food decays, emits odour, changes colours and texture, all at a rapid pace. Much like the body, we edit food to smoothen and plump it, scent it, and extend its lifespan.

The four-hour exhibition explores the relegation of waste as devalued by interrogating food’s finite materiality. The short-order cooking sees the one menu of fruity, doughy foods served to its viewer. As the audience gazes and the food decays, the work encourages the audience to think about memory and how we document it. How do we make a moment tangible and transcend it? Do we photograph it? Instagram it? Pin it to our Pinterest board? Curators Emma McKee and Tania Olivares ask us to revalue decay and embrace the ephemeral essence of experience.

Their opening exhibition relates these questions in the context of consumer culture, mother nature and the feminine. As cultural systems position and locate women as the object of consumption, Delphine notes she uses a “diverse selection of nature’s offerings and popular female symbolism in order to build my own feast.” The feminine symbolic order is indicated through the beautiful bounty of food and the imminent decomposition into the abject; a juicy showcase of how discursively separate women are from their subjecthood and nature from its intrinsic function.

The Last Supper will be lived streamed on Facebook. It will be served Saturday 4th, 8-12am, at F.K. Kollektiv, Kiehlufer 7 Berlin 12059.

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