Group Exhibition

»Food for the Eyes«

The Story of Food in Photography

Curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff
Organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, in collaboration with C/O Berlin

Food for the Eyes at C/O Berlin presents the varied history of food in photography. The exhibition includes Swiss artist duo Fischli and Weiss’s legendary Sausage Series, showing hot dogs, German sausages, parsley, and pickles arranged as props in a grotesquely absurd scene; fashion photographer Irving Penn’s similarly iconic frozen fruit and vegetable sculptures and his numerous artful still lifes; and British Magnum photographer Martin Parr’s images of bright fairy cakes, tea, and beans on toast, all instantly recognizable as typically “British.” The show also presents works by Cindy Sherman and Martha Rosler that disrupt the traditionally domestic role of the woman in the kitchen.

Like the air we breathe or the water we drink, food is necessary for our survival. It awakens our senses and is part of private and public life in equal measure. Food and shared meals also play an important role in our rituals, religions, and festivals. Our beliefs, desires, and fantasies are reflected in what we choose to eat. Because food is part of our everyday life, it was and is a frequently depicted subject. And, like food itself, food photography can raise fundamental questions about a wide variety of societal themes: family, tradition, home life, wealth, poverty, gender, race, disgust, satisfaction, and consumption.

With works from fine art, fashion photography, journalistic stories, and advertisements, the exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the depiction of food in photography through three themes. Still Life explores one of the most firmly established artistic traditions and asks the questions: How have photographers reinterpreted and subverted what was originally a genre of painting? What has changed—which new forms have developed over the course of time? Around the Table examines the ritual and sense of community that forms when food is shared, as well as the values and cultural identity they reflect. Playing with Food explores how the playful use of food can present new meanings and call us to both question and laugh at society’s traditions.

Food for the Eyes . The Story of Food in Photography brings together a number of well-known artists, including Nobuyoshi Araki, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Nan Goldin, Rinko Kawauchi, Laura Letinsky, Martin Parr, Irving Penn, Martha Rosler, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, and Wolfgang Tillmans. Curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff the exhibition is organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, in collaboration with C/O Berlin.

Framework program

Guided Tours: every Sat & Sun at 2 & 4 pm (in German), 6 pm (in English)

Whitsunday, June 9, 2019 + Whit Monday, June 10, 2019
Additional Guided Tours on Whitsun holidays:
2 & 4 pm (German), 6 pm (English)

08.06. / 13.07. / 17.08. / 07.09.2019 . 10 am
Breakfast Club
(Breakfast & Guided Tour, held in German)
Ticket 22 Euro (incl. exhibition, guided tour & breakfast).

June 13, 2019, 7 pm
Lecture . Is it only food when you eat it?
With Marije Vogelzang . Eating Designerin
Ticket 10/6 Euro (incl. exhibition).
The event is held in English.

June 15 + 16, 2019, 12 – 6 pm
With Marije Vogelzang . Eating Designerin
Ticket 10/6 Euro (incl. exhibition).
The event is held in English.

20.06. / 18.07. / 08.08. / 29.08.2019 . 7 + 7:30 pm
After-Work Guided Tour + Drink
Ticket 17 Euro (inkl. Ausstellung, Führung & Drink)
Held in German.

28.06.2019 . 18:30 Uhr
Food for the Eyes . Sommerkino und Weinverkostung
(Film Screening & Wine Tasting)
Sideways / Gespräch mit Ann-Christin Bertrand und Thomas Struck
Filmvorführung Sideways . Comedy / Drama . USA . 2004 . 127 min.
Ticket 39 Euro (inkl. Aperitif, Gespräch, Film, Wein, Käse & Brot)
Erhältlich online (zzgl. VVK-Gebühr) und ab 8.6. bei C/O Berlin.

July 11, 2019, 6 – 10 pm
Cooking with Artist
With Lorenzo Vitturi . exhibiting artist and Ann-Christin Bertrand . Curator . C/O Berlin Foundation
Ticket 85 Euro (incl. Guided Tour with the artist & curator & Cooking Event)
Available online (plus booking fee) and at C/O Berlin.
The event is held in English, in collaboration with Goldhahn und Sampson.

30.07.2019 . 19:00 Uhr
Food for the Eyes Sommerkino & Pop-Up Dinner
Filmvorführung Eat Drink Man Woman . 1994 . 2 h 4 m
Im Anschluss Showkochen mit Sternekoch Tim Raue
Ticket 95 Euro (inkl. Ausstellung, Filmvorführung & Dinner)
Erhältlich online (zzgl. VVK-Gebühr) und bei C/O Berlin. VVK ab 01.07.2019

13.08.2019 . 18:30 Uhr
eat!Berlin Gastspiel bei C/O Berlin
Mit Sebastian Frank** . Restaurant Horváth, Marco Müller** . Restaurant Rutz . Max Strohe* . Speiselokal Tulus Lotrek, Karina Appeldorn . Restaurant Steinplatz und Bernhard Moser . eat! berlin
Ticket 149 Euro

August 23, 2019, 6:30 pm
Food for the Eyes Sommerkino
Filmscreening NOMA – My Perfect Storm . 2015 . 1 h 40 m
Followed by a Talk with Ditte Isager . Photographer NOMA and
Felix Hoffmann . Chief Curator . C/O Berlin Foundation
accompanied by a selection of natural wines by Goldhahn und Sampson
Ticket 39 Euro tbc (incl. Aperitif, Filmscreeing, Exhibition, Talk, Wine & Fingerfood)
Available online (plus booking fee) and at C/O Berlin.
The event is held in English.

Further framework events will be added shortly;
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C/O Berlin Foundation

June 8 — Sep 8, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 7 pm
Framework program: please see above

Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstraße 22-24, 10623 Berlin
[Charlottenburg | Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf]

Opening hours: Daily 11 am – 8 pm

Admission: 10 € / reduced 6 € | Online Ticket

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