For the past three months I have been photographing my mother through a window at her skilled nursing inpatient facility in Bloomington, Indiana, where she has been in isolation since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. A consistent aspect within these images is the depiction of food in my mom’s room. A frequent object is the Styrofoam cup with lid and straw, sometimes more than one. Processed foods, such as crackers and cookies, often make an appearance. I bring my mom, who I call Mamãe, a home-cooked meal from time to time, which she devours as best she can with the limited control of her hands. The images portray an extreme departure from the role food has played in my family, as a connector to my parents’ countries of origin (my mother is from Brazil and my father from Germany). My siblings and I grew up speaking a mix of...
“Muita Galinha, Pouco Ovo”: Food, COVID-19, and the Screen That Separates Us
Yara Ferreira Clüver is an international photographer whose work focuses mainly on the body, food, and land. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Indiana University (IU). As Associate Director at the Collins Living-Learning Center at IU, she teaches courses on artists’ books and food photography.
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Yara Ferreira Clüver; “Muita Galinha, Pouco Ovo”: Food, COVID-19, and the Screen That Separates Us. Gastronomica 1 February 2021; 21 (1): 97–102. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2021.21.1.97
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