Sunday, July 07, 2013

Community Arts Center hosts "Food for Life" photography project by Christine Garceau

Photographer Christine Garceau explores how food shapes us culturally and geographically in her exhibit "Food for Life," on display at the Kerredge Gallery of the Copper Country Community Arts Center through July 31. (Photos by Christine Garceau and courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center)

HANCOCK -- "Food for Life" is a photography exhibit by Christine Garceau on display at the Copper Country Community Arts Center’s Kerredge Gallery. The exhibition is divided into three sequences. The first is the "identity" sequence that explores how food shapes us culturally and geographically. The second is the "labor" sequence that looks at the hard work people do to make their own food. The third sequence, "inter-generational," examines the way food literacy is passed down from one generation to the other.

"Food for Life" will be on display through July 31. The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9.

Jon Saari, Fruit. By Christine Garceau.

Christine Garceau’s photography project springs from her passion to understand how food contributes to our personal, cultural, political, and economic identities. In the summer of 2010, she began photographing an organic community garden in the Marquette area. Gardeners varied in ages from 93 to babes on the backs of their mothers. The project continued into the winter months when Garceau invited friends, family members, and even strangers to come to her studio with "the one food they could not live without." She has continued to explore Food for Life through documenting traditional foodways in peoples’ homes in Austria, Michigan and Wyoming.

"The images I am capturing for this project are informed by the convergence of the longstanding traditions of documentary photography and testimonial narratives from the individuals I photograph," Garceau says. "On its basic level this project seeks to explore our human connection to the land we inhabit and the interactive communities we build upon it."

The "intergenerational" sequence of Christine Garceau's "Food for Life" photography exhibit examines the way food literacy is passed down from one generation to another.

The Copper Country Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. For more information call (906) 482-2333.

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