The Food Groups: A New Face
"A New Face" is like a mash-up of the Sun-Maid Raisin Girl and John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes of Wrath." This gallery installation explores migrant labor, aging and the changing face of American agriculture. Recurring historical themes of debt and discrimination show the clash between the American dream of individuality and big corporate interests. "A New Face" is a project by Disorientalism, a decade-long collaboration between Asian-American artists Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim that studies the disorienting effects of technologized labor, junk culture and consumerism. "A New Face" is the fourth chapter in "The Food Groups," a five-part series of installation and performance works which embody five historical food industry trade characters of different races to explore race and labor in American industrialized food production and promotion.