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zworth.jpg Food for thought

FEED brings together a body of work created by Zara Worth since 2016, which is concerned with our relationships with hand-held technology and social media. It’s at Vane from 9 August.

Artists are only just beginning to get to grips with our online lives, but Zara Worth has certainly investigated this wholly modern phenomenon more than most. Her 2017 piece ‘Wellness’ is a purposeful misinterpretation of a term associated with Instagram trends. Originally shared on that platform during January (a month synonymous with post-Christmas dieting) it appropriates images and hashtags from the platform it critiques. References to lifestyle trends such as clean eating and wellness, feature alongside references to the legacy of conceptual and performance art. Her performance ‘Economics of the Kitchen (an A to Z)’ echoes Martha Rosler’s seminal performance ‘Semiotics of the Kitchen’ from 1975, reimagining Rosler’s work for the web and our #foodporn obsession.  Similarly, ‘The Artist’s Presence’, explicitly references Marina Abramovic’s performance ‘The Artist is Present’ in order to question notions of ‘presence’ in the digital age. In short: Tuck in.

Feed: Zara Worth, 9 August-22 September, Vane, First Floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle. Wed-Sat, 12-5pm, free. vane.org.uk