Foto/Industria 2021: The Food Industry Through The Eyes of Photography and Art

2021 marks the fifth edition of Foto/Industria, the most important biennial in the world dedicated to Industry and Works. Featuring prominent contemporary artists and young, internationally renowned photographers, Foto/Industria showcases extremities with techniques ranging from traditional uses of photography to unconventional experimentations.


Curated by Francesco Zanot, visitors were invited to explore this year’s theme, the Food Industry, through the eyes of photography and art.


With food as the protagonist in the imagery within the fair’s 11 free exhibitions, 10 in historical locations and one at MAST, visitors can discover the continuous passage of the industry and its people at work between the past, present and future. These exhibitions feature celebrated names in the history of photography, whose images now form part of a shared iconographic heritage.


From Hans Finsler, one of the greatest industrial photographers of the 20th century, to Mishka Henner, a recipient of the Infinity Award for Art from the International Center of Photography in New York, our favourite has to be the exhibition of Dutch photographer and activist, Henk Wildschut. Named Food, it is one of the many of Wildschut’s extensive projects, carried out in three years from 2011 to 2013.


Food takes us on a journey into the backstage of what we eat every day, focusing on the most advanced technologies of the sector, generally developed to increase the volume of production and to adapt to the increasingly stringent regulations regarding hygiene and safety.


Wildschut combines photography and activism in all his works; sometimes colourful and hyper-realistic, at others, stark and confrontational. It puts modern society and our relationship with food and the industrial production of it into a thoughtful perspective.


Can’t travel to Milan to admire these exhibitions first-hand? Let your fingers do the travelling for you! Head over to https://www.fotoindustria.it/en/exhibitions/ to explore the works of renowned artists and photographers in an insightful journey on the Food Industry.