Contemporary Pieces by Rebecca Rütten
- Caroline Kurze
German photographer Rebecca Rütten raises questions about our modern Fast Food culture with her series ‘Contemporary Pieces’.
She states: “During the conception of ‘Contemporary Pieces’, I became enamored with the eroticism, presentation and charisma of paintings from the Renaissance Period. In the Late Renaissance painters dealt with the middle and lower classes. In my opinion, Fast Food Culture represents these two social classes in the United States today. To eat healthy is expensive. However, one can buy large amounts of food at a fast food restaurant for a comparatively low price.
It’s significant that many of my subjects try to avoid Fast Food. In their eyes, Fast Food in the US is comprised of genetically modified items that are designed only for mass consumption. To them, the food becomes a non-edible object and loses its value as being considered Food.”