Henry Hargreaves, No Seconds – Comfort Food e Photography is the first solo exhibition held outside of the United States by the New Zealander photographer Henry Hargreaves. The exhibition, created by Mauro Zardetto and curated by Chiara Casarin, will be open from September 7th to November 24th 2013 at the Museum of Madness, Island of San Servolo, Venice, and represents a meditation journey on the concept of comfort food, defined as food that gives comfort, that nurses and opens a breach on the personal history of those who choose it. Snapshots taken from his works such as Deep Fried Gadgets and Band Riders and finally the famous series No Seconds are displayed. The format, created by ArtMovie and co-produced by ItalianaComunicazione, is completed by the food movie contest The Last Will and by a series of exclusive events in San Servolo as “conceptual” tastings, debates and meetings.
The exhibition, under the patronage of the Province of Venice, the cooperation of the San Servolo Services company and San Servolo Foundation IRSESC, opens with an anthological section to continue with the snapshots of Band Riders, in which Hargreaves has reproduced what pop stars ask in the dressing room before going on stage. The spaces of the Museum of Madness will then host a selection of photos from the series No Seconds, in which Hargreaves has reproduced and immortalized in a simple, immediate and intimate way the last supper of the prisoners on death row in the U.S. prisons.
The location chosen for the project is the charming and little-known Museum of Madness, opened in 2006 on the island of San Servolo in Venice, in which findings belonged to the asylum that has been active on the island from the early 1700s to 1978 (the year of the Basaglia Law approval) are exhibited, and that are an important part of the exhibition essence. The exhibition occupies the halls of the Museum in the ancient Benedictine monastery and the portico on the ground floor, which will be decorated on the occasion.
The format was established at the end of the 90s with the first tests of narrative construction on experimental menus related and inspired by artistic and cultural concepts: the menu is a script, the courses are the shots and wine ... the musical score. A long and international sequence of events inspired by the art of glass and the great Italian cinema led the authors to study even more the anthropological sense of eating as a performance, story and expression of life.