We Feed The World: record breaking photography exhibition launches in London

We Feed the World Benin by Fabrice Monteiro

Exhibition: We Feed The World
Dates: 11th – 24th October (11am – 6pm)
Address: Bargehouse Gallery, Southbank SE1 9PH (nearest stations Blackfriars/Southwark/Waterloo)
Entry: free

A new photography exhibition, shot by Rankin and more than 40 award-winning photographers, is set to break the Guinness World Record for the number of simultaneous photographic exhibitions held at any one time.

More than 400 photographs from ice-covered Northern Sweden to the depths of the Amazon jungle, are being shown in London and across all of the participating communities as part of the “We Feed The World Exhibition” on the Southbank.

“The project seeks to replace the image of the poor, struggling farmer with a truer, more resilient picture,” says Project director, Francesca Price from The Gaia Foundation. It celebrates the men, women and families from smallholder farms, who produce a staggering 70% of the world’s food.

In this way the exhibit powerfully debunks the myth that we need industrial farming to feed our growing population.

Niall O’Reilly-Huadquiña Co-operative
Award-winning photographer Niall O’Brian travelled to Peru to document the stories of the Huadquiña Co-operative, established in the wake of an anti-colonial movement in the 1960s. The Machu Picchu range of coffee is found in most supermarkets and is the product of a 20 year partnership between Cafédirect and the Huadquiña Co-operative, where Cafédirect pay at least 60% above the current market price and provide sustainable farming training.

“Photography is the language of our age and it has the ability to shift consciousness and effect change on a scale beyond any other form of communication,” says Cheryl Newman, curator and former photography director of the Telegraph magazine.

“We Feed the World brings together an unprecedented number of world-renowned photographers, whose unique images will enlighten, inspire and motivate anyone who sees them. I hope people will leave the exhibition contemplating where their food comes from and the impact it has on the world around us.”

The exhibition has already received huge support from the likes of celebrity chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, actor Jeremy Irons and iconic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who said:

“We have to speak out against the giant monopolies and government policies that are currently trying to dominate the food that we eat. Farmers must come before profit!”

Main image: Women from the village of Todjedi who have formed a farming co-operative near one of the sacred forests in Benin. Photography Fabrice Monteiro is a former model from Benin.

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