Tania Blanco. Unlid 125g of chocolate, 2016. Acrylic, ceramics, 18,2 x 9 x 1 cm.
UNLID is a project which focuses on world food policies and the food industry. It consists of a series of sculpture-paintings thought to shape an installation that reflects and questions the origin and impact of processed foods that are daily purchased in supermarket chains and department stores. UNLID is developed from the recreation, appropriation and reinterpretation of the packaging of processed food from the corporate monopoly. The alteration of the original graphic layout of the packaging is intended to shed light on the power system, international policies and agricultural models.
Industrial food´s packaging often shows carefully set images where colour, shapes and the nature of the content are retouched to appear more juicy, tasty, natural and fresh. Nevertheless, the backstage of the food industry remains as an unfamiliar territory for most consumers: conflict of interest, third world forced labour, animal overcrowding, diseases, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and fertilizers in the food chain, environmental pollution, etc.
Researchers, scientists and activists have revealed that the practices of the food industry place their economic benefits before the quality of their products. The aim of this project is to uncover part of these investigations, in addition to clear the way for the implementation of alternatives for the recovery of food sovereignty.