I have organised and curated three BreadMatters projects involving 60 artists. Each BreadMatters event is a unique showcase of contemporary art designed to challenge the gallery visitor conceptually and ideologically. It is a guiding principle of BreadMatters that the location should serve as a catalyst in developing the strands of ideology that identify each event as singular; ultimately it is the community’s reception of BreadMatters that is of paramount importance.
BreadMatters is a platform for exchange and collaboration, a medium for bringing together professionals from various disciplines, communities and cultural backgrounds to question, debate, and explore the social, cultural, historical, philosophical, political, and theological issues around bread. The double significance of “matters” in the English language is informative and crucial in the context of the event meaning both ’concerned with bread’ and ’the importance of bread.’
Bread is a vehicle for the history, culture and identity of every nation. Each society has put into its bread something of the authenticity and characteristics of its particular approach to daily life and its unique culture, and labels its bread to reflect its culture. French Bread, Pão de Mafra, San Francisco Sourdough, Pitta, Nan, Pizza; these labels encroach into every aspect of our daily lives. Frantz Fanon says: "In speaking a language one assumes a culture." It also can be said that to ’taste a bread is to experience a country’.
BreadMatters conference⁄forum and exhibition questions through various presentations, and debate, as well as visual manifestations of video, drawing, performance, dance, photography, installation, sculpture and sound, the relevance of bread in human history. Artists are the catalyst for focusing on our contemporary views, issues, needs, desires, pursuits, and values working with bread as an medium for expression and thus drawing bread from the commonplace commodity to the exceptional instrument and providing the interface through which other disciplines may enter the debate.
Using bread as a medium generate considerable discussion across a range of disciplines and has created a platform for discussion and debate around contemporary issues such as migration and emigration; the construction of identity; power, globalization and equality; historical legacy; ritual and symbolism in contemporary life; connectedness and communion. Just as important is the community interface between the event and the community; it is breads unique capacity to touch society at every level that creates the interface between the artist and the community.
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