Gérard Rancinan, ‘The Big Supper’, 2008, Opera Gallery

In a facetious take of Da Vinci’s famous Last Supper, this piece criticises the way in which standardised, arti cial and manufactured fast food has permeated into the cuisine of the Western world. Comparing the manipulative genius of the businessman with the gullible gluttony of those who over-indulge, The Big Supper speaks to the price of beauty versus comfort in an overly saturated world.

About Gérard Rancinan

Gérard Rancinan, who initially became widely known for his portrait photography, produces large-scale photographic tableaux commenting on social issues, politics, violence, and popular culture. Rancinan’s career a photojournalist in his teenage years, covering wars, riots, and natural disasters, directly shaped the critical tone of his later work. Rancinan’s works are often based on classical narratives and iconic artworks, but feature contemporary pop culture figures and objects in dramatic situations. Since 2005, Rancinan has worked on his epic series “Trilogy of the Moderns” with author Caroline Gaudriault, comprised of over 70 photographs. Subjects include remakes of Théodore Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa (1818-9) and Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas (1665), as well as Mickey Mouse- and Batman-themed satires.

French, b. 1953, Talence, France

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