Ester Partegàs, Organized Fries, 2010, inkjet ultrachrome archival print, 35 x 29-1/2 inches, 89 x 75 cm
Ester Partegàs is featured in the exhibition Gut Feelings at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, Georgia. The exhibition brings together a group of contemporary artists whose work looks to food, eating, feeding, and cooking as symbolic representations of exchanged emotion or power.
Food as subject matter is both personal and relational. It allows intimate expressions of individual identity to interweave with broader cultural histories. Desire is understood as a complex platform for constructions of selfhood, but also as a framework for communities and social dynamics underlying everything from biopolitics to consumer culture. Hunger is longing from within the body and between people, but it is set apart from desire by the external, concrete material addition of food. The material of food becomes the material of the body. Food matter becomes a site upon which the gratifications or denials of longing may be projected. Gut Feelings presents artworks that inhabit the spaces of hunger, feeding, and eating with a willingness to be as duplicitous, slippery, personal, and communal as their context.
Participating artists include Saiman Chow, Ilana Harris-Babou, How to Basic, Jeremy Jacob, Caitlin Keogh, Michi Meko, Marilyn Minter, Ester Partegàs, Chuck Ramirez, Martha Rosler, Tejal Shah and Jessica Stoller. Gut Feelings is accompanied by a catalog and will be on view through May 7, 2017.