Outside the Palazzo Grassi, I shot this photo of Very Hungry God, a giant skull rendered in stainless steel pans, utensils and tiffin pots ~ the stackable stainless steel containers Indians use to store food. This sculpture by Indian artist Subodh Gupta, afloat on the Grand Canal, was quite the hit of the Venice Biennale.
I wondered, why kitchenware? Gupta explains:
“I made the work in response to the stories I read in the news about how soup kitchens in Paris were serving food with pork so that Muslims would not eat it. It was a strange and twisted form of charity that did not continue for long but raised conflicting ideas of giving and the way we have become now.”
Gupta exposed a harsh and subtle truth.