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Food. Bigger than the plate

Victoria & Albert Museum in London is hosting “FOOD: Bigger than the Plate”, the new exhibition which explores how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable food future.

The exhibition will be open to the public until October 20, 2019, and comprehends more than 70

contemporary projects, born from an interdisciplinary collaboration between artists and designers

together with chefs, agriculturists, scientists and local communities. The exhibit is divided into four

sections: “Compost”, “Farming”, “Trading” and “Eating”. Each one of these is a step in the cycle of

growing, production and lastly consumption that involves the lives of every human being. The

exhibition shows documentaries, scientific studies, interactive installations, photographs and graphics telling the story of food through some international projects which are subversive and

characterized by inventiveness and innovation.

The co-curators of the exhibition, Catherine Flood and May Rosenthal Sloan, stated: «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».

The collaborations at the base of the exhibited projects gave life to interesting outcomes, such as Totomoxtle, a new veneer material created by designer Fernando Laposse made with colourful husks of heirloom Mexican corn, or the circular economy of the Urban Mushroom Farm, which cultivates mushrooms in coffee grounds; these mushrooms will also be served in some special meals at the museum’s café, Benugo Café.

The tickets, made in an edible version for the inauguration which took place on the last 18 th of May, are sold at the price of 17 pounds with concessions from 13 pounds. For more information, you can visit the WEBSITE

words Elena Affricani


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