By
Alejandra Chacón de Azúa

For some people, food is the best gift of life. For others, their relationship with food goes beyond foodporn and loving to eat. Such is the case of multidisciplinary Japanese artist Kyoko Takemura and her food-based conceptual photography.

Takemura looks at food from perspectives that aren’t obvious for most people

With the clear objective of showing everyday life oddities, Takemura looks at food from perspectives that aren’t obvious for most people. She uses her interest in the precarious nature of survival to play with the onlooker, to show what it means to be human and how something as basic as food has been modified for our own interest and convenience. Her series Canned shows food in a solidified state, coated with transparent gelatin, which gives it the appearance of canned cat food. The idea behind the project is to reveal the non-natural side of these kind of foods.

Her book Odd Recipes is a collection of visually interesting images depicting traditional international recipes made with unpleasant ingredients that notwithstanding look quite edible. The book is also a reminder of how, in a multicultural city such as London, it is possible to find any kind of food.

Kyoko Takemura is also and illustrator and designer and does animation work. Check out her work here.