Rotterdam Photo

Saskia Risseeuw

Our Golden Age 


Poverty and hunger are phenomena associated with countries far from our daily western lives. Most people are not aware that even in 2021, in a wealthy country like the Netherlands, more than 1 million people are living below minimum income level.

Saskia Risseeuw confronts us with a reality we usually keep hidden from our eyes. She shows us the reality of the Food Banks. In the Netherlands people with a low income can collect a box of food ‘leftovers’ from the Food Bank on a weekly basis. These ‘leftovers’ are donated to the food banks by all kinds of shops, enterprises and institutions. Over the last decade, the Food Bank has developed into a large logistics company run by volunteers.

In her work on the Food Bank, still-lives from the Dutch 17th Century Golden Age were a major source of inspiration for her. These paintings exposed the backside of the image of abundance we have of those days. Her work shows us a similar uneasy relation between abundance and poverty in modern times.


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