Harvest: Good enough to eat


Former Executive Chef Josue Lopez acquired quite the loyal following of dedicated Brisbane epicurists thanks to the magic that spilled out of his kitchens since taking over the Gallery’s Restaurant in 2012.

But it was the respect in the industry he had already cooked up for himself that saw GOMA transform into a set for Harvest — the most delicious take on Australian exhibition publishing to date — published to accompany the exhibition of the same name.

Former QAGOMA Executive Chef Josue Lopez styling his plate for the Harvest publication / Photograph: Mark Sherwood © QAGOMA

Some of the biggest names in the Australian restaurant industry descended on the Gallery to whip up some culinary masterpieces, the recipes for which will feature in a divinely illustrated recipe section. Harvest showcased culinary masterpieces by renowned and highly acclaimed chefs Shannon Bennett, Alejandro Cancino, Brenda Fawdon, Peter Gilmore, Dan Hunter, Rene Redzepi, Ryan Squires, James Viles and Ben Williamson. It is a celebration of food — as nourishment, the key to who we are, where we’ve been, and its power to bring people together.

And nowhere was this clearer than at GOMA where these chefs mixed with curators, each other, photographers, stylist and journalists, amid flashing cameras, set props and artfully arranged plates of food. A scrumptious melting pot of people doing what they love to do and sharing it. (And for that a big thanks also needs to go to Jaime Reyes, food stylist, and photographer, Shane Holzberger, whose artful arrangements would be at home on the walls of the best art museums in the world.)

The exhibition publication Harvest: Art, Film + Food features curatorial essays, artist interviews and a divinely illustrated recipe section with culinary masterpieces from some of the biggest names in the Australian restaurant industry / Photograph: Mark Sherwood © QAGOMA

The publication may not be baked but Harvest is good enough to eat! For those of you who love your food as much as your art, it is highly recommended you add Harvest to your collection.

The exhibition ‘Harvest’ explored the production, consumption and symbolism of food. It takes as a point of departure colonial legacies and globalisation, labour and consumption in relation to the food industry. The exhibition included over 100 works from all areas of the Gallery’s Collection.

Harvest food shoot / Photographs: Mark Sherwood © QAGOMA

QAGOMA operates its own Restaurant, Bistro and Cafe using local seasonal produce to create menus inspired by the art on display.

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