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‘Harvest’ explores the production, consumption and symbolism of food.

The exhibition, presented in conjunction with the Australian Cinémathèque program ‘Harvest: Food on Film’, will include over 100 works.

Northern European still-life paintings of the seventeenth century evoked colonial prosperity through depicting food, flowers and spices from Africa, Asia and the Americas. Contemporary artists continue to explore the global trade in food.

Beyond the stories of what the colonial period brought to Europe, this exhibition will also touch on food moving from north to south, and the impact that this has had on food production in communities, as well as the alternative modes of production often developed from local knowledge.

The labour involved in the production and distribution of what we eat is another important area of consideration for contemporary artists - from the rice farmer to the factory worker or housewife. 

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