The SVA Pictures Collection has two thick folders entitled People - Eating and Drinking. Both folders are packed with images of - you guessed it - people enjoying the pleasures of alimentary consumption. And they are enjoying themselves. This folder may feature the most happy-looking people of all of the Collection. Groups of people picnic on hilltops and beside rivers, or grin with watermelon dripping down their faces, or convene over a perfectly-poured beer, or flirt over sodas, or gather delightedly at glittering dinner parties, or smile at their own spaghetti…The act of sharing a meal or getting together over a beverage has utopic associations for many. The adage “breaking bread” refers to people building trust with one another. Show me an Eastern European grandmother that doesn't think any problem can be solved by a hearty meal and I'll give you a million dollars. Families across the world don’t tend to meet en masse to shop with one another or read magazines together - no, they come together to eat and imbibe. The cultural associations of food run deep, and our relationship to food as a society is far more complex and fraught than any encounter with sustenance should necessarily be. Some of us are lucky enough, however, to spend time smiling into bowls of spaghetti.
Feb 27 2018