Slow Food

Terra Madre exhibition at Atrium from October 18 to November 12 2006

Italy - 16 Oct 06

The faces, colours and places of the food communities and Italian and international Presidia will be the protagonists of the photographic exhibition Terra Madre in Turin. The faces and values of the food communities dedicated to Terra Madre, located in AtriumTorino, piazza Solferino, from October 18 to November 12, and organised by the city of Turin and Slow Food with the Region of Piedmont. The exhibition will show the event’s participants photographed during the 2004 edition in Turin and in their own countries, occupied with daily tasks. The large totem pole of world foods – made from seeds and spaces from all corners of the planet - will welcome visitors, who can raise their eyes to see a hanging spiral with the faces of the farmers, breeders and fishermen arriving in Turin from all over the world in 2004, photographed by Gianluca Canè and mounted in a cinematic-style sequence. Before entering the landscape of food communities, visitors can stop in the small bookshop set up for the occasion and consult Slow Food Editore magazines and publications. Of particular interest among the books on display are those about biodiversity and those fresh off the press. Exhibits include images of women fish processors in Dakar, immortalised by Walter Mericchi, Orbetello fishermen bottarga and Malaysian markets photographed by Alberto Peroli, yak breeders of the Tibetan uplands by al formaggio Paola Vanzo, the Brazilian Indios’ ai mercati malesi, Sateré Mawé guaranà as depicted by Remi Denechau and coffee from Huehuetenango roasted in Turin in the Vallette prison, shown in the photos of Alberto Peroli. Six different interpretations of the concept of a food community: a group of women or a tribe living in the forest; sustaining the market as the strongest link in the short production chain; helping pastoral farming and sustainable fishing; creating projects which involve producers from the southern hemisphere and prison inmates in an ideal process. The photographs along the second corridor leading to the entrance portray the Slow Food Presidia, now a consolidated presence in 39 countries around the world. Farmers, fishermen, shepherds and food processors are depicted alongside the traditional techniques and products they protect and keep alive, handing them down to younger generations. The traditional producers of the Presidia are also the stars of documentaries made by Annamaria Gallone, which will be shown in the video room at the centre of Atrium. This long bird’s-eye view of the world ends with portraits of the chefs attending the event this year for the first time: the snails of Si chiuderà qOsterie d’Italia, the Michelin stars and the male and female chefs of the Terra Madre communities come together at Turin to reiterate the importance of ingredients and to work alongside the farmers from around the world. So every day from 10am to 7pm (free entry) in October and November Atrium will be the venue for an unmissable exhibition, a wonderful opportunity to see images caught by professional and amateur photographers (as biodiversity dictates), telling the story of lives, products and journeys connected to the Slow philosophy. Another way to participate closely in the Terra Madre event, and join the many guests coming to Turin with the protagonists of the “good, clean and fair” world of the future.