EXTRA - ORDINARY FOOD: ALONG THE PATHS OF FOOD

Beatrice Del Monte

Abstract


From July 13th to August 2nd, then extended until August 30th given its huge success , in various spaces of the Pavilion of the KIP International School in Expo Milan 2015, the exhibition entitled "Extra-Ordinary Food - Along the paths of Food" was held. The exhibition was realized by the association “Obiettivo sul mondo”, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations based in Rome. The partnership between Obiettivo sul Mondo and IFAD goes back to 2006, when the association was invited to organize a photo exhibit on India's cultural treasures with a particular attention to the richness of its indigenous communities. The underlying theme of the exhibition that took place at the KIP Pavilion in Expo was the food system of various indigenous communities in the world, topic to which IFAD dedicated the global meeting of the Forum of Indigenous Peoples that was held in Rome in February 2015.

The Cultural Association “Obiettivo sul Mondo” was founded in 1992 to disseminate and preserve the knowledge of different cultures of the earth, through the organization of screenings, photo exhibitions and conferences to discuss the value of this heritage.

In them daily life, rituals, emotions and the pride of farming communities in different continents come to life The images tell stories of fishermen, farmers working the fields, moments of life in local markets, places of spices and foods inextricably linked with the indigenous cultures. Recurrent among those actors are women, who, in indigenous societies, are often critical to the welfare of the community.

Through this exhibition, the KIP International School Pavilion decided to raise and spread awareness about the value of the knowledge of indigenous communities. It allowed visitors from a highly industrialized world to make a comparison with this diversity , which they would not otherwise come into contact.

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