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Food Explored Through Photos at ASU's Sustenance Exhibit

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Twelve photographers. Twelve diverse viewpoints about what we eat and where it comes from. One exhibit that brings both together along with food-related films and discussions from restaurant owners and food growers in the community.

That's the basis of Sustenance, the new exhibit opening Tuesday, September 18, at the Northlight Gallery on the ASU Tempe campus.

From our reliance on animals as food, to food phobias, to the power of food advertising, the show features the works of well-known as well as emerging national and international photographers each exploring the subject from a different perspective.

"We want to stimulate community dialogue about food through the photos and film screenings, and give restaurant owners and food growers a place to talk as well," says ASU alumni Krystal Macdonald, who co-curated the exhibition with Northlight Gallery curator Liz Allen. "This exhibit is about the fundamental link that food provides to our bodies, to nature, to humanity and to the world," she added.

Photographers include naturalist Barbara Bosworth, whose images speak to our connection with animals and our reliance upon them as food; Julia Kozerski, who reveals her physically and emotionally painful struggles with food through nude self-portraits; Rebecca Foley, who speaks of recent food scares through daguerreotype photographs of fanciful food phobias; Tae Young Chang, who demonstrates the power of food advertising by depicting product containers devoid of logs; and Dornith Doherty who creates delicate images of seeds to show what a vital role seed banks play in our lives.

On Tuesday nights during the exhibit, which runs from September 18 to October 23, the gallery will bring in speakers from local restaurants, businesses, and farms to talk about their roles and viewpoints on food. There will also be a film series featuring documentaries about food issues.

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