16.06.2015  •  Art NEWS

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'No Seconds' - Henry HARGREAVES' impressive doomsday work for the exhibition 'FOOD. Dal cucchiaio al mondo'. Now showing at MAXXI Museum, Rome

While the fashion capital Milan is busy hosting this year's EXPO, the MAXXI museum in Rome is tying its exhibition thematically to the 2015 World Fair: Over 50 artists are contributing works on the topic of nutrition in a large-scale show titled 'FOOD'. Dal cucchiaio al mondo'. This includes photographer Henry HARGREAVES with his work on death sentenced prisoner's last supper titled 'No Seconds'.

The artist on his work: "In my photography, I have always been fascinated by the mix of the mundane and the extraordinary. So while I was reading about efforts to stop the Last Meal tradition in Texas, it sparked my interest. In the most unnatural moment, there is (state sponsored death) what kind of requests for food had been made? In New Zealand (where I’m from), and in fact nearly any where else in the developed world, the Death Penalty is just not even in the conversation. It is a remnant of an earlier era. This little bit of civility, "hey we are going to kill you but what would you like to eat?" just jumped off the page. I felt it could be a really interesting idea to try to represent visually. Researching this topic strangely personalized these people for me, and for a moment, I was able to identify with them through the common denominator of food."

Henry Hargreaves 'No Seconds', Fondazione MAXXI, Rome, through November 8th, 2015, fondazionemaxxi.it