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Still life: Coconut and other things 2009

Shirana Shahbazi, Iran/Switzerland b.1974; Sirous Shaghaghi, Iran / Still life: Coconut and other things 2009 / Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010 / Commissioned as part of a workshop for Kids’ APT6 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

Flooded McDonalds

Superflex, Denmark est.1993 / Flooded McDonalds (still) 2009 / Video installation / Purchased 2010 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artists

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

‘Harvest: Food on Film’ / Production still from The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 1989 / Director: Peter Greenaway / Image courtesy: Universal Pictures

GOMA Cafe Bistro Special

GOMA Cafe Bistro Lunch Special / Inspired by ‘Harvest’ enjoy roasted Spatchcock, puffed corn and toasted grains with blueberry gel. Available 11.00am – 3.00pm daily from 28 June / $20 includes a glass of house wine.

28 June – 21 September 2014
Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

Opening Hours
Daily: 10.00am – 5.00pm

The 'Harvest' exhibition is a celebration of food in art. With over 150 works from the Gallery's Collection, 'Harvest' includes magnificent still lifes from the seventeenth century to today, contemporary photography, bold video works, and dramatic large-scale installations, with major new acquisitions of works by Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno.

Northern European still-life paintings of the seventeenth century evoked colonial prosperity through depicting food, flowers and spices from Africa, Asia and the Americas. Contemporary artists continue to explore the global trade in food. 'Harvest' will consider how globalisation makes available emblematic regional specialities from around the world. Beyond the stories of what the colonial period brought to Europe, this exhibition will also touch on food moving from north to south, and the impact that this has had on food production in communities, as well as the alternative modes of production often developed from local knowledges. The labour involved in the production and distribution of what we eat is another important area of consideration for contemporary artists - from rice farmer to gleaner, and factory worker to the housewife. A discussion of labour also counterpoints the question of the status derived from food; the exhibition will explore the role of food as a symbol of prestige – whether through exclusivity or sheer excess.

Harvest: Food on Film

28 June – 21 September 2014
Australian Cinémathèque, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
Free admission

'Harvest: Food on Film' showcases a rich vein of contemporary filmmaking that explores food production, consumption and presentation as vivid storytelling motifs. Feature films and documentaries that take food as their subject variously touch on narratives of connection; identity and tradition; power and status; and our deepening awareness of the larger political and ethical framework that surround our agricultural systems and the impact of our food choices. The presence of food on the cinema screen often expresses forms of spoken and unspoken communication between characters. It can convey identity with a dish that evokes yearning of home; transgression through food deprivation or straying into forbidden consumption; or power and status in the display of excess. The recent rise of documentary stories has enabled a focus on the personalities behind food creation as well as the ethical and environmental considerations of farming systems and food politics.

Places to Eat

Inspired by 'Harvest' enjoy a range of menu options from the GOMA Restaurant, GOMA Cafe Bistro and during GOMA Talks. Read more


The exhibition and curated film program will be accompanied by a stunning illustrated publication with a divinely illustrated recipe section and culinary masterpieces from some of the biggest names in the Australian restaurant industry. Available in-store and online.

GOMA Talks

6.30pm Thursdays fortnightly | 3, 17 and 31 July 2014

During 'Harvest', the evening discussion program GOMA Talks returns for an exploration of food: its production, consumption and symbolism. Join special guest panellists and ABC Radio National hosts as they examine contemporary ideas and issues around the lifeblood that is food. Read more

Guided Tours

Daily 11.00am and 1.00pm

Let our Volunteer Guides share their knowledge and passion for art while taking you on a tour of the exhibition. Tours are free and take approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

Travelling to Brisbane for the ‘Harvest’ exhibition?

Our Visiting Brisbane page includes further information on city attractions and a great accommodation package from our sponsor, Hilton Brisbane.


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