Electra is an international periodical dedicated to all areas of culture, promoting dialogue between different artistic disciplines, humanistic knowledge and science, cultural theories and practices.
At a time when Food has become a universal trend, we dedicate the dossier of Electra issue 13 to this particular form of culture and cult. From the history of the restaurant to the history of food, from gastronomy as spectacle to the celebrity of the chef, from ecological issues to moral questions and from the agro-food industry to consumer society – this subject is tackled in its various aspects by Patrick Rambourg, Alexandra Prado Coelho, Carlos Alberto Dória, Christopher Kissane, Lisa Abend, Carolyn Steel and Thomas Macho.
The prestigious Magnum Agency collaborates in this issue through six of its photographers who, from various parts of the world, have created original images on food and eating for Electra: Alex Webb (Boston, USA), Jacob Aue Sobol (Horslunde, Denmark), Cristina de Middel (Mexico City, Mexico), Gueorgui Pinkhassov (St Petersburg and Moscow, Russia), Martin Parr (Bristol, UK), and Lindokuhle Sobekwa (Johannesburg and Thokoza, South Africa).
In addition to the dossier dedicated to Food, this issue also presents other topics of great interest. In an interview about his life and work, renowned British psychoanalyst and literary critic Adam Phillips talks about the relationship between these two disciplines. Renowned Spanish photographer Alberto García-Alix presents an original work made during an artistic residency at the Prado Museum in Madrid. On the centenary of Clarice Lispector‘s birth, Ricardo Domeneck publishes an essay that unveils a little-known aspect of this great Ukrainian-born Brazilian writer: her relationship with politics. In these times of pandemic, architect Daniela Arnaut presents an essay on the historical relationship between the Hospital and the City, while Afonso Dias Ramos comments on four books that examine covid-19 and what it has changed and will continue to change in the world.
In Electra 13, Swedish visual artist and writer Henning Lundkvist makes a strange and surprising connection between two cities that are so distant and so different: Copenhagen and Kabul; Anabela Becho, a curator and researcher in the field of fashion, discusses the life and work of the French coutourière Madame Grès, who made a fundamental contribution to Parisian haute couture; Nathalie Quintane and Olivia Rosenthal, two prominent names in the literary and artistic field in France, give a reading of a quote from Virginia Woolf; and writer Mário de Carvalho speaks to us about the word “resilience”.
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