You Are What You Eat is a photography exhibition by Mark Menjivar. He created a series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the United States. For three years Menjivar traveled around the country exploring food issues. The more time he spent speaking and listening to individual stories, the more he began to think about the foods we consume and the effects they have on us as individuals and communities. Each fridge is photographed “as is”. Nothing added, nothing taken away.
A refrigerator is both a private and a shared space. One person likened the question, “May I photograph the interior of your fridge?” to asking someone to pose nude for the camera.
Menjivar’s hope is that we will think deeply about how we care for our bodies, for others, and for the land.