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The Swiss artist-photographer explores the attractions of food and its influence on society in compositions with a vintage aesthetic that tantalise the taste buds.

© Tina Sturzenegger

Since 2009, Tina Sturzenegger has been passionate about creating photographic stories where stylish concepts in playful settings bring culinary still lives to life. “Two things drew me to this subject: the visual aesthetics of food in all its forms, and the complex issue of nutrition in society,” she explains. Her compositions revive the aesthetics of the 1970s and 80s, when design and fashion played as important a role as food itself. The Geneva-born artist, who holds a master’s degree in business administration, taught herself photography, drawing her influences from Pop Art and Superflat.Since then, Tina Sturzenegger has been pushing boundaries and defying convention. “From farm to table, from raw product to cooked dish, that’s what fascinates me,” she says. Her series “There Must Be Lights Burning Brighter Somewhere”, “Leserei Learn Through Reading”, “Room Service and Love Letters Sent” enchant the food experience and its infinite transformations.

Gourmet and Creative 

Fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, pastries, seafood, cheeses… Nothing is missing! Her colour-saturated gastronomic scenes are a playful, stylised take on the mouth-watering vintage cookbooks. Objects, food, beverages and models, with only the extremities of their bodies visible, converse wonderfully in her fashionable, dreamlike, humorous, surrealist and intimate visual narratives. Like “Room Service”. “I see comfort food and what happens to us when we order it from room service,” explains the artist-photographer. “Behind a luxurious, temporarily closed door, we can afford anything.” As for “There Must Be Lights Burning Brighter Somewhere,” the series further explores society’s performance pressures on “eating better” in the age of digital and social networking. Tina Sturzenegger also concocts graphic recipes for brands and magazines, but her love for farmers, local produce and farm animals is even greater.

Nathalie Dassa

Crédits photos © Tina Sturzenegger