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.
Franziska Rüttimann, Museum Mühlerama
Design & Graphic Desin
With the financial support from:
Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Dr. Adolf Streuli-Stiftung