My last meal***

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The Department of Justice in the State of Texas, in the United States, publishes (on the Internet) the last meals requested by those condemned to death before their execution. In response to this controversial publication, Patrick Guns’ project My Last Meals ***  presents these last meals to great chefs, with the intention that their culinary art would once again bring the executed prisoners back “to the side of life “. Each chef chose his dish freely and thus paid tribute to the human being condemned to death- giving dignity that the American Justice took away. In reality, the requested last meals are rarely delivered to the condemned, who are only offered the usual canteen food, but are, with their agreement, almost always published. The menus are generally not very sophisticated and often suggest popular tastes that are sometimes thought to be anchored in childhood. Their composition and layout on the plate (in the arrangement of flavor and color) are worthy of a final portrait: tragic and ridiculous in the face of death, while at the same time they testify to a somber stance against capital punishment.

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  • MediumPhotolithography on Rives paper
  • Dimensions72,5 cm (H) x 125 cm (W)
  • Year2008
  • FramedNo
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Patrick Guns

Patrick Guns (1962) is een Belgische kunstenaar die woont en werkt in Brussel.

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Mac’s

The MAC’s is housed within the former Grand-Hornu colliery, a monument of European industrial heritage that was designated as UNESCO world heritage in 2012. Since the museum opened in 2002, it has welcomed over a million visitors, produced more than 85 exhibitions and promoted numerous artists from the region. Thanks to such major international artists as Anish Kapoor, Christian Boltanski, Guiseppe Penone and Tony Oursler, who presented their first major Belgian exhibitions here, the reputation of the MAC’s now extends well beyond Belgium’s borders. Drawing inspiration from the unique architecture and history of the Grand-Hornu site, its collection explores themes that have caught the attention of numerous contemporary artists, including memory, technology and community. Every day, the MAC’s offers free guided visits to its exhibitions. The entry ticket also provides access to the historic site of the former colliery and the design exhibitions organized by the CID, the Centre for Innovation and Design. You can find more information about the Mac’s by clicking on the following link: http://www.mac-s.be/en/home/

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