Visual essay – «Last day food»




image, food & eating, movie, apocalypses, starvation


John Berger pioneered the genre of the visual essay. Inspired by his work, we crafted our own essay exploring the representation of food and nutrition in the context of a global catastrophe. To delve into the visualization of food in the final days of humanity, we specifically selected movies depicting post-apocalyptic scenarios. The visual essay comprises scenes that highlight various aspects of food, including its essence, the quest for it, consumption, the relentless pursuit, and its allure as a temptation.

The essay concludes with an AI-generated image that unexpectedly features a child. It's important to note that the inclusion of a child in the image was not intentional but was generated by the image generator. It should be emphasized that every movie chosen for the essay indeed includes the portrayal of a surviving child.

The eschatological view of history is guided by the logic of finitude. The end, as a rule, is the result of a catastrophe, whether resource or spiritual. Among the main resources that nourish human life are air, water, and food. Researchers of different times and epochs have sought to predict the civilizational progress of mankind, trying to warn against mistakes that could lead to disaster. Apart from scientists, artists also write and speak about the future of humanity. Cinema is one of the genres that expresses ideas and thoughts, conveys images and characters in the truest sense of the word. The genre of science fiction, where the plot is based on the apocalypse of humanity, is one of the most popular among the audience. Screenwriters and directors broadcast the fears and dangers that are relevant at a particular time in social history. Among the current fears are climate, man-made and anthropogenic. And all three factors contain human nature. In apocalyptic movies, people strive to survive. And to survive, they need to eat and drink. In fact, these two needs accompany the fate of the characters in the imagined future in all plot variations, either directly or indirectly.





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How to Cite

Visual essay – «Last day food». (2024). Text and Image: Essential Problems in Art History, 2(16).