Chloe Dann. Investigates food’s ability to represent the corporeality and carnality in human eating habits, as well as dichotomies of nature/culture, and the civilised/uncivilised.
This work investigates food’s ability to represent the corporeality and carnality in human eating habits, as well as dichotomies of nature/culture, and the civilised/uncivilised. In this context, the ‘civilised’ refers to bodies and behaviours adhering to dominant western notions of propriety, eg. refined, polite and under the guise of high social development. The ‘uncivilised’ refers to bodies and behaviours more closely aligned with animal nature, less contained by the thraldom of etiquette, and thus subject to external scorn.
The work explores how cultural ideologies validate and enable human profit by engaging with the symbols of wealth and abundance in European still lifes. I intend to strip away the pretence of high culture and civilisation to reveal our innate fears concerning death, disorder and barbarity. The nature/culture dichotomy is central to this research project, as is an investigation into the distinctions made between the civilised and uncivilised. Not only does it promote socially constructed ideas that reflect dominant hierarchies (colonialism), but it has played a role in wiping out or damaging food cultures and knowledge systems thousands of years old, perpetuated racism and created waste and illness.
Chloe Dann calls upon art historical references in her photographic practice to investigate the dichotomy of nature and culture, engaging with the contemporary western desire to elevate the self from the barbaric. Chloe’s work has been exhibited in Australia and internationally. Her 2018 project received awards from both RMIT in Melbourne and The Food Awards in London, and has been exhibited in galleries throughout Europe and Australia. Work from her 2019 series ‘Tough to Swallow’ was shortlisted for the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, and was shown at the 2019 Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. Chloe has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) (Honours) First Class, at RMIT in Melbourne.
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