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You Are What You Eat
“When Hiroshima was destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945, it is said, the first living thing to emerge from the blasted landscape was a matsutake mushroom.”
—Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World
How does one arrive at a definition of environmentalism with the knowledge that microbes are feeding on plastic, or that life is possible amidst radiation, living being grow in the toxic environment or disturb landscape? As concerns around the production and consumption of food permeate the environmental discourse today, a more nuanced, existential question continuously crops up – at this point in history, as a species, what are our ways to exist with other living forms in the current environment?
'Critical Zones', in search of a common ground, Indian Museum, Kolkata in collaboration with Goethe Institut and ZKM Karlsruhe 2023.