A brief history of how the rich and poor eat

Matthew Champion@matthewchampion
Tuesday 09 December 2014 15:30

Power Hungry is the latest collaboration between artists Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin.

In it they hoped to show how societies, across thousands of years, have fed their richest and poorest members (a dichotomy expressed as 'power' and 'hungry' in the series).

Levin told i100.co.uk the inspiration for the images was to show just how little has changed in this regard throughout history.

"Even though the world produces more than enough food every day to feed its population, people are still starving for a variety of reasons. There are always the haves and have-nots and I don't think we were surprised that this is the case," she said.

"I think one of the main reasons we like to use food as a medium in our art is because it is a secret window into the very personal aspects of society and culture. Through food one can have a much better understanding of customs, interpersonal relations, aesthetics, and values of any given culture. This becomes a fascinating lens with which to view the world."

Use the sliders to see what the view looks like from the the other side of the table.

Ancient Egypt

Roman Empire

Pre-Revolutionary France

Modern-day North Korea

Modern-day Syria (the white powder represents either salt or sugar)

Modern-day US

All images courtesy of Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin. See more of their collaborations here.

If you find yourself in New York over the next month, Power Hungry is on display at Air Circulation in Brooklyn until January 4.

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