Past Exhibitions

Food and Power

06.11.2008 – 26.09.2009

Food is closely intertwined with pleasure, nutrition, health – and power! Powerful people use food to achieve their goals. Food is always in high demand and, most importantly, vital, making it the perfect means to manipulate people. Whoever controls food cultivation, processing and trade inevitably holds power whilst their laborers barely earn enough to survive.

This exhibition shows the many surprising ways in which power is exercised with the help of food.
An everyday example: Supermarkets give us as consumers the power to decide between chocolate that has possibly been produced in child labor and chocolate manufactured under fair working conditions.
Powerful people use food to achieve their goals. They invite their allies to spectacular feasts, demonstrating their wealth and their power. In wars they use food deprivation to punish their enemies.
The refusal of food can also enlarge a person’s power position and public reputation. Prison inmates will sometimes go on hunger strike to draw the public’s attention on themselves and their causes.





Exhibition Curation
Karin Renold

Overall Director
Franziska Rüttimann, Museum Mühlerama

Exhibition Construction
Andreas Bommer

Design & Graphic Desin
Cornelia Staffelbach
Gabrielle Schmid

Franziska Rüttimann
Karin Renold

Staffeldruck AG

Overall Costs
CH 64’682.70

With the financial support from:
Pro Helvetia
Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Dr. Adolf Streuli-Stiftung
Migros Kulturprozent
Stadt Zürich