The Artistic Merits of Ramen Noodles
Liu Bolin serves a hot batch of food (for thought) photography. http://slate.me/1WDEAGE
- •Interviewing an artist like Liu Bolin can be tricky.
- •The Chinese photographer is best known for “disappearing” into his photographs.His process is so imaginative he was asked to give a TED talk about it.
- •He’s one of five photographers contributing to the UN’s “We Are What We Eat” exhibit.The exhibit focuses on themes of population, economic growth, malnutrition, and overcrowding.
- •Liu’s current project has strong ties to his previous work.
- •He’s always been attracted to social issues.“The locations I choose must be strongly referenced to some symbols like politics, environment, culture… In my works, the backgrounds express the most important information,” he says.
- •Liu was first inspired to photograph food after a 2009 health scare about contaminated instant noodles in China.“Shortly after I created this piece, safety issues surrounding other foods, vegetables, and beverages started surfacing in supermarkets across the country.”
- •Liu hopes the UN’s exhibit will motivate the governments and corporations to devote greater care to food safety — and to consider its implications for the future.