Andrew Rewald’s practice is informed by an interest in food anthropology and his background as a trained chef. His current work investigates diet as a marker of identity in diverse urban and rural contexts. Andrew is motivated by the impact of consumer culture behaviour and the globalisation of food industries on our understanding of what it means to have access to food. From corporate food production practices to foraging for edible weeds his work investigates indicators of social disorder and dis-empowerment – but also empowerment – for individuals and communities alike.
His recent work explores cookery and meal sharing as ritualised sensory experiences for people to interact and communicate. Through social engagement in specific community structures with performance events and installation, he negotiates our ever changing relationships with eating and how food in turn can be seen as a multifaceted reflection of a time, a place and its people.