Mark Menjivar

 

Short Order Cook | Marathon, TX | 2-Person Household | She can bench press over 300 lbs. | 2007

Short Order Cook | Marathon, TX | 2-Person Household | She can bench press over 300 lbs. | 2007

 

In his “You Are What You Eat” portrait series, Mark Menjivar examines the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the United States. The result is an exploration of hunger issues, of “how we care for our bodies, for others, and for the land.” The result is a full spectrum of interpersonal connectivity in which everyone is truthfully represented.

 

In his statement, Menjivar claims, “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. Each fridge is photographed ‘as is.’ Nothing added, nothing taken away.”

 

 

 

Street Advertiser | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Lives on $432 fixed monthly income | 2007

Street Advertiser | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Lives on $432 fixed monthly income | 2007

 

Owner of Defunct Amusement Park | Alpine, TX | 1-Person Household | Former WWII Prisoner of War | 2007

Owner of Defunct Amusement Park | Alpine, TX | 1-Person Household | Former WWII Prisoner of War | 2007

 

Bartender | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Goes to sleep at 8AM and wakes up at 4PM daily. | 2008

Bartender | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Goes to sleep at 8AM and wakes up at 4PM daily. | 2008

 

Botanist | Ft. Wayne, IN | 1-Person Household | Feels more comfortable among flora and fauna of his era than people. | 2008

Botanist | Ft. Wayne, IN | 1-Person Household | Feels more comfortable among flora and fauna of his era than people. | 2008

 

School Crossing Guard/Nursing Home Assistant | Austin, TX | 6-Person Household | Parents and 3 adult children live in an efficiency apartment. | 2007

School Crossing Guard/Nursing Home Assistant | Austin, TX | 6-Person Household | Parents and 3 adult children live in an efficiency apartment. | 2007

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