Onion Society presents work from an international and multi-disciplinary group who seek to explore, through the lens of onions, themselves and their cultures.
Using onion skins for color, Liuxu Luo (China), Terumi Saito (Japan), Tess Murdoch (U.S.A.) and Samyukta Easwaran (India), developed original textile and audiovisual work, exploring their own voice through onions, as citizens from countries that dominate the international onion marketplace.
By contrast, audio compilations by Michele Condò (Italy) and Martina Bruni (Italy), imagine the sound of southern Italian onions. Reflecting on the soft power of Italy in the onion landscape, where it cemented an onion brand identity, without being a major producer of the crop.
Onion Society was inspired by the travels of María Elena Pombo (Venezuela), curator of the show, to the south of Italy and the esteem shown by the Calabrian people for their local Tropea onion, the protagonist of different events she has organized there at La Guarimba Film Festival.
The name of the project is a wink to the cosmopolitan and creative lifestyle of the Café Society from the early 20th century.