MELD features Playlist N.5 (Food for Thought) as part of our Green Guerilla Collection.
| FEATURED FILM | Edible City: Grow the Revolution
Edible City: Grow the Revolution is a fun, fast-paced, feature-length documentary journey through the local Good Food movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.
| FEATURED ARTIST | Tsuyoshi Osawa: Make Food Not War
Japanese photographer Tsuyoshi Ozawa’s Vegetable Weapons series began in 2001. Since then, he has traveled around the world taking photographs of young women holding “weapons” fashioned from the ingredients needed to make an indigenous hot-pot dish. His art concludes in him making an actual hot-pot and sharing a meal.
FEATURED FARM | Victory Garden
Victory Gardens, also called “war gardens” or “food gardens for defense”, were gardens planted both at private residences and on public land during World War I and World War II to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort.
| FEATURED CITIZEN | Antonio Roman-Alcalá
San Francisco native Antonio Roman-Alcalá has been irrationally dedicated to urban sustainability since he decided that there wasn’t enough “land” for all dropouts to go “back to”. Since graduating from UC Berkeley, Antonio has been pursuing a life of meaningful enjoyment: teaching farming and permaculture at Alemany Farms and Texas Street Farm.
| FEATURED ARTIST | Paulette Tavomina
An avid collector of butterflies and insects, shells, dried flowers, and ceramics, the sourcing of props is a crucial part of her process. Each object is closely tied to the place it was discovered – fresh produce from a New York City farmer’s market, horseshoe crabs tossed ashore in Nantucket, ladybugs found at a taxidermy shop in Paris. Not only do these objects look to the art historical roots of the genre of the still life, but their meaning is often multi-layered, a fig perhaps referring to the artist’s own Sicilian heritage
| FEATURED CITIZEN | Jessica Prentice
Jessica Prentice is a professional chef, author, and founding member of Three Stone Hearth, a Community Supported Kitchen in Berkeley, California. She is also incolved with Locavores, a group of concerned culinary adventurers who are making an effort to eat only foods grown or harvested within a 100 mile radius of San Francisco for an entire month.
Interview with Jessica Prentice | Part 1 & Part 2
| FEATURED ARTIST | Milan Rai and his White Butteflies
“When I embarked in the journey, all I really had was a suitcase full of white butterflies. My handbag where I carried the few pieces of clothes that were bare necessities was also over-flowing with the butterflies, wrapped lovingly and protectively. I believed I carried nothing, but love and emotions and understood that this journey was just the beginning or a dream. In this journey, I had rendezvous with different people at different places and situations.”
Blog May 24th | Milan Rai and his White Butterflies