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October 1, 2016 (Houston, Texas) – How much food do you eat in a day? In a week? If you had to put all your food together on a table for a week, how much space would that take up? A new photo exhibition opening today at The Health Museum, Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, depicts families from around the world and explores human kind’s oldest social activity: eating.
Photographer Peter Menzel and author Faith D’Aluisio spent time with families from various countries as they farmed, shopped, cooked and ate. At the end of each visit, they created a portrait of the family surrounded by a week’s worth of their groceries. These portraits are now on display at The Health Museum as part of this new exhibit.
The Hungry Planet: What the World Eats exhibition features 15 families from 12 countries. Each section shows how the family acquires their food and prepares it according to their related cultural traditions. The centerpiece of each section is a family portrait with members gathered around a still life display of a week’s worth of groceries.
"We’re excited to welcome this beautiful exhibition to Houston. It’s a wonderful expression of the universal human experience,” said Melanie Johnson, Ed.D., president and CEO of The Health Museum. “We believe it is important for Houstonians and everyone to assess our food intake for health benefits, and to be mindful of our consumption."
The goal of this project is to help people see the world in a broader context and provide the means for comparing oneself to others.
The Hungry Planet: What the World Eats exhibition will be on display at The Health Museum through January 2017. It has previously displayed at COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts, Napa; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; Exploris Kids Museum, Raleigh; Museum of the African Disapora, San Francisco; and COSI, Columbus.
General admission to The Health Museum is free for children two and under; $7 for children 3 to 12 years old and seniors 65 and above; $9 for adults; and free on Thursdays for families. Active and retired personnel receive half-off admission for up to four people. General admission also provides access to the museum’s multiple exhibits.
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