Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
The Sandwich Project
May 27, 2017 - October 1, 2017
The Sandwich Project
In 2017, the Art Gallery of Windsor embarked on a two-year commitment to The Sandwich Project. Last year the project considered Old Sandwich Town (amalgated with Windsor in 1935) and the notion that food is a vehicle through which to map history, challenge gender stereotypes as well as survey the economics of an era. In its second year, The Sandwich Project considers the ways in which food is a metaphor for social and economic consciousness. In five exhibitions, works about sandwiches, bread, pigs, cows, food labels, and restaurant culture offer a framework through which to contemplate the economy of food as well as how food informs social infrastructures. Through the themes of food sustainability, consumerism, and consumption, The Sandwich Project considers the effects of food on a community, a culture’s economic growth, and the overall well-being of the body.
The five exhibitions include Andy Warhol: Printed Food Matter; Andy Warhol: EAT; IAIN BAXTER&: &WICHTIME; The Contemporary Sandwich Shop; and Still Life: ‘Food’ for the Eye, Mind and Body. Each exhibition offers unique perspectives through which to experience and understand the meaning and symbolism within the economies of food. Technologies surrounding food preservation, the politics of the slaughterhouse, animal rights and welfare, agriculture and the business of farming inform how and what we eat. Signaling innovative and timely conversations about food, where it comes from, what its value is, and how its commercialization impacts its meaning and effects on the body thus provides a context for the ways in which carbohydrates, fruit, vegetables, protein and sweets are being explored in painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and film.