Midwife/Middle School Science Teacher | San Antonio, TX | 3-Person Household (including dog) | First week after deciding to eat locally grown vegetables.

by Mark Menjivar

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Artist Statement

 

You Are What You Eat is a series of portraits made by documenting the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the United States. For three years, I traveled around the country exploring food issues. The more time I spent speaking and listening to individual stories, the more I began to think about the foods we consume and the effects they have on us as individuals and communities. An intense curiosity and questions about responsibility led me to begin making these unconventional portraits. A refrigerator is both a private and a shared space. One person likened the question "May I photograph the interior of your fridge?" to asking someone to pose nude for the camera. Each fridge is photographed as is: nothing added, nothing taken away. These are portraits of the rich and the poor; of vegetarians, Republicans, members of the NRA; those left out, the under-appreciated; former soldiers in Hitler's SS; dreamers and so many more. We never know the full story of one's life. My hope is that we will think deeply of the ways we care: how we care for our bodies, how we care for others and how we care for the land.

 

Mark Menjivar

 

Mark Menjivar lives in San Antonio, TX, and holds a BA from Baylor University. His photographs have been shown in diverse venues across the United States, including historic buildings and old warehouses, the Houston Center for Photography, the San Antonio Museum of Art and Ampersand Gallery in Portland, OR. He also teaches photography workshops with various community organizations.  Photos from his series, You Are What You Eat, have been featured in print and online by GOOD magazine, Smithsonian magazine, Orion, The Atlantic, Beautiful/Decay and The Onion. The project won Director's Choice in CENTER's 2009 Project Competition and has traveled to five cities.  

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