Luzie Kurth is a German actress and Lars Borges is a photographic artist, also from Germany
We Share the Meal is an epic collaboration in which the duo travel, eat, and make pleasing allegories to the history of portraiture, although slightly skewed and often quite absurd or humorous. A hugely playful element played out between the two throughout the book, and the strength of the images is in the permissive connection between the two artists. I am reminded of some of the portraits between Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe at times and the photos between Nan Golden and Cookie Mueller at others. There is a sense of intimacy, but one cannot precisely mete out the relationship dynamic exactly, which makes it open-ended and, instead of being a study of relationships, becomes a study of collaboration without the extraneous emotional toil involved. There is a heavy concentration on food, which may or may not substitute for other carnalities.
Our conversation was quite lively, as three-person convos can be. I very much enjoyed speaking to both artists, and I enjoyed dissecting the book and their intention with them. It was often humorous, and I feel that it is an excellent study of two artists working together to create something spontaneous, fresh, and intimate without feeling like I am simply looking in on a relationship.
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