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Food Voyeurism: Looking inside other people's fridge

Posted by on Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM
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Our favourite part in MTV Cribs (come on, we've all been hungover enough to have watched it at least once) is when the Z-lister celebrity opens their fridge door. Thefood choices a person makes offers a fascinating insight - especially when said celebrity seems to have staged a fake fridge which contains things they probably never eat.

There are no 'show' fridges in Mark Menjivar's You Are What You Eat - a series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the United States.

The portraits range from rich and poor, vegetarian and Republican, members of the National Rifle Association and others. In an email to HuffPost UK Lifestyle, he wrote: "For three years I traveled around the country exploring food issues. The more time I spent speaking and listening to individual stories, the more I began to think about the foods we consume and the effects they have on us as individuals and communities.

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This fridge belongs to a Brooklyn food artist who runs a small vegan bakery from her apartment

"An intense curiosity and questions about stewardship led me to begin to make these unconventional portraits. A refrigerator is both a private and a shared space. One person likened the question, “May I photograph the interior of your fridge?” to asking someone to pose nude for the camera. Each fridge is photographed “as is”. Nothing added, nothing taken away."

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The inspiration for the project came after he was working on a documentary about hunger and on a whim, took a photograph of his fridge. It showed him an aspect about himself he hadn't looked at before.

Talking about what he found in other people's fridges, he says: "I have found all sorts of things - hair, towels, batteries, bugs, placentas, snakes, film etc. I once met a guy that only stored cashmere sweaters in his fridge. He agreed to be in the project, but unfortunately our schedules never came together."

In total, the exhibition has over images, and Mark has spent time travelling to over 20 communities to talk about it. Take a look at a brief extract:

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Street Advertiser, 1-person household, lives on $432 fixed monthly income in San Antonio, Texas

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Midwife/middle school science teacher, 4-person household (including dog), San Antonio, Texas. First week after deciding to eat all local produce

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Short order cook, 2-person household from Marathon, Texas. She can bench press over 300lbs

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Owner of defunct amusement park, 1-person household, former World War Two prisoner of war who lives in Alpine, Texas

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Anesthesiologist, 3-person household. Youngest son works on crab boat in Alaska and this was taken the day after Thanksgiving in Forth Worth, Texas

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Bartender, 1-person household. Goes to sleep at 8am and wakes up at 4pm daily. Lives in San Antonio, Texas

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Botanist, 1-person household, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Feels more comfortable among the flora and fauna of his era than people

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Carpenter/photographer, 3-person household from San Antonio, Texas. 12-point buck shot on family property

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Construction worker/housewife, 4-person household from San Angelo, Texas. Wakes every morning at 4am to cook breakfast for family

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Documentary film makers, 3-person household from San Diego, California. Efforts have helped send millions of dollars to children in Uganda

by on Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM
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krysstizzle
by on Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:40 PM
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I love this. But I'm incredibly nosy, I also like looking around people's houses. Looking inside refrigerators seems very personal and kind of like finding a secret garden or something. 

_ClearFruit_
by on Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM
Lol this was interesting.
AlekD
by Gold Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

My fridge usually looks pretty bare compared to some of these (though much fuller than some of these as well. God bless them!) Our grocery budget is pretty strict and we eat everything we buy.


I bet that bartender has a few science experiments in the back of that fridge! haha And what is with the snake in the freezer??


turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:48 PM

I love looking in my ethnic friends fridges LOL.  Never knew what a rollmop was ...now I do enjoy them occassionally :-)

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

oh an potatoes should NOT go in the fridge :-)

krysstizzle
by on Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

The potatoes and onions in the fridge threw me off. 

Also, the snake...

Quoting turtle68:

oh an potatoes should NOT go in the fridge :-)


yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM

 This is really cool!  I didn't realize how clean my fridge is!

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM

This is cool.

I admit, I am nosey as hell.

ZakkarysMom
by Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM
What is with the snake? Lol
turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:59 PM

off to take photo of fridge.

Hubby used to put mushrooms in there when we first met, annoyed the crap out of me...had to teach him what you can and cant put in a fridge LOL.

Im on the fence with eggs....In my mind I can hear my mother saying dont put them in they go off faster and then I can hear her saying if you are baking, put the eggs in the fridge.

I give up...sometimes they do go in...sometimes they dont LOL

Quoting krysstizzle:

The potatoes and onions in the fridge threw me off. 

Also, the snake...

Quoting turtle68:

oh an potatoes should NOT go in the fridge :-)



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