The Foodprint Project is a photography exhibition and cross-media endeavor, that weaves a narrative around the Mediterranean Diet and its contemporary significance. The project serves as a cultural bridge, uniting nations like Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Cyprus, and Croatia through the lens of five talented photographers: Johann Clausen, Elena Heatherwick, Myrto Papadopoulou, Chris de Bode, and Maria Contreras Coll. Recognized by UNESCO as an integral part of humanity’s Intangible Heritage, the Mediterranean Diet stands out for its emphasis on plant-based foods, including vegetables, grains, nuts, legumes, and fruits. This culinary tradition, born out of necessity, offers profound solutions to some of the planet’s most pressing issues, such as biodiversity loss, food waste, and climate change.
The photographers’ works capture the essence of the Mediterranean Diet in the contemporary context, exploring its role in the face of today’s global challenges. Alongside the exhibition, Foodprint offers a multifaceted experience, featuring photography workshops, documentary screenings, and engaging cooking events. The exhibition, hosted at ΕΜΣΤ (the National Museum of Contemporary Art), is part of a European tour spanning Italy, Cyprus, Turkey, Croatia, and Albania. The project also includes the documentary ‘The Perfect Meal,’ directed by Alexandros Merkouris, which unveils why the Mediterranean diet is celebrated as one of the healthiest in the world. The film not only underscores its protective qualities against obesity, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and brain aging but also emphasizes its potential as a tool to combat climate change.
Foodprint is a collaborative effort brought to life by Anemon, in partnership with the Goethe Institute, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Museums of Brescia in Italy, the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, and the Museum of Cypriot Food and Nutrition. It is further complemented by the support of the National Museum of Contemporary Art ΕΜΣΤ and the Directorate of Modern Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture. The project operates under the auspices of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO and is made possible through the backing of the EU’s Creative Europe program. From September 14th to October 29th, the thought-provoking exhibition takes center stage on ΕΜΣΤ’s mezzanine floor, presenting an array of special events, documentary screenings, and workshops throughout its duration.