Isabella La Rocca

  • Untitled from the series from the series FAST FOOD. 32" X 24" archival pigment print.
  • Untitled from the series from the series FAST FOOD. 32" X 24" archival pigment print.
  • from the series FAST FOOD. 32" X 24" archival pigment print.
  • Untitled from the series from the series FAST FOOD. 32" X 24" archival pigment print.
  • from the series FAST FOOD. 32" X 24" archival pigment print.
  • from the series FAST FOOD. 32" X 24" archival pigment print.
  • from the series FAST FOOD. 32" X 24" archival pigment print.
  • Untitled from the series from the series FAST FOOD. 32" X 24" archival pigment print.
  • Untitled from the series from the series FAST FOOD. 32" X 24" archival pigment print.
  • Untitled from the series from the series FAST FOOD. 32" X 24" archival pigment print.

I am an artist, educator, and activist working primarily with photography and motion pictures. My work is part of a long tradition in photography: to bring to light and find beauty in the disregarded – hidden, unconscious, commonplace, distasteful – not in the service of commerce or reportage, but with integrity, compassion, and generosity. The images displayed here represent my photographic series, FAST FOOD.

My parents came to the US as adults from Mexico and Italy respectively. I grew up eating as they did – meals are eaten slowly and with others. Fast food, with its shiny, brightly colored facades and super savory or sweet meals was foreign and enchanting. Fast food is widely available, cheap, and filling. For some people, there are few affordable or accessible alternatives. In its early days, fast food was marketed to women, promising freedom from the work and responsibility of feeding the family. But the industry is based largely on worker exploitation – mostly women of color, many of whom are single moms. Fast food, heavily processed and based on animal agriculture, is linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. Animal agriculture is a leading cause, if not the leading cause, of climate change, deforestation, ocean acidification, habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and mass species extinction. Industrialized animal agriculture, from which 99% of all meat, dairy, and eggs comes, is the final, horrifying stage of a practice that has never been sane or just: the commodification and slaughter of sentient beings. And ironically, fast food wastes imperiled resources and so increases world hunger.

Please visit my website www.glissi.org

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    • Berkeley CA

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