Katherine Longly : TO TELL MY REAL INTENTIONS, I WANT TO EAT ONLY HAZE LIKE A HERMITPHOTO I BRUT BXL
Eating is never simply a mechanical action.
Whether source of pleasure or tool to control our bodies, means of connecting with others or
solitary treat, source of comfort or source of anxiety, our approach to food can have many different
aspects. It is intimately linked to our emotions and acts as a subtle tracer of our social and family
history. But where does this relationship take root?
When26 January 2023 to 05 March 2023
Doors12:00 > 20:00
Drawing on her personal story, Katherine Longly explores these questions in the unique context of Japanese society, where the pressure exerted on the body seems more intense than elsewhere.
Over the course of several residencies in the archipelago, the artist conducted lengthy interviews with a dozen people of various profiles and ages who suffered from eating disorders or not about their relationship to food and to their bodies. Katherine Longly then invited these individuals to illustrate their relationship to food in any way as they wanted, using a disposable camera. A series of long-distance discussions ensued, ascertaining the most appropriate way to tell their stories in words and images. Katherine Longly then combined these stories with informational, playful or poetic contextual materials from her research to better capture the reality of the testimonies. Ultimately, the Japanese backdrop vanished before these resolutely personal and human stories, inviting visitors to explore the roots of their own relationship with food. This project was first produced as an artist’s book that almost immediately sold-out and will be shown in full for the first time as an art exhibition at the Botanique.