Fork and knife for soup and chocolate milk in a wine glass – sound like something from experimental chef Heston Blumenthal’s menu?
Close enough – this is one of the pieces by Indonesian artist Iqi Qoror on display at Hatch Art Project’s premiere exhibition: Deciphering Food. Not unlike Blumenthal’s Meat Fruit (a ball of liver parfait disguised as a mandarin), Qoror’s piece teases the question: How much do we really know about the food we eat?
This experience features a series of historical and cultural food narratives, which include the ironically-titled “But It’s Alright” – a slightly ghoulish display of body parts (crafted from resin, of course) embalmed in luminous jellies. A reflection of sugar-induced (almost hallucinatory) highs and lows, it’s an unsettling reminder of our obsession with sugar and its drug-like effects on our minds and bodies.
On the opposite wall sits a side of carcass preserved as a still life in Old Master style. Titled “Slaughter House”, it makes the same point as its namesake documentary as it explores meat’s true origins, but takes this one step further with the use of cow’s blood as paint – quite literally, the “blood on our hands”.
Not exactly the most appetising, but without a doubt food for thought.
HATCH Art Project is located at Asia Square Tower 1, 8 Marina View #01-02. Their exhibition “Deciphering Food: You are what you eat” runs until 3 August 2018.