Fernando Arias (b.1963, Armenia, Colombia) explores the human condition through video, photography, installation, and actions. Recurring themes include social and environmental issues, conflict, politics, sexuality, and religion. In addition to his personal practice, Arias involves other artists and professionals on projects through his Foundation Más Arte Más Acción (More Art More Action). Here, Arias devises interdisciplinary projects to explore challenging social and environmental issues. The foundation generates critical thinking through cultural exchanges.
Arias received his BA in Creative Publishing from University of Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano in 1987, followed by a Master in Graphic Design from the City of London Polytechnic (now London Metropolitan University) in 1991. He works between Bogotá and the remote Pacific coast of Chocó in Colombia.
'Enjoy Your Meal' explores three interlacing narratives in the global food chain: industrial fishing of prawns destined for Europe; depletion of sea creatures caused by trawling; and the struggle of indigenous fishing communities within the chain. The restaurant’s consumers, in their own way, are blind to the reality of how the food arrives at their tables. As they satisfy their hunger, the local fishermen continue suffering as the ocean gradually becomes void of resources. Fernando Arias combines footages from Coqui village (Colombia) and its Pacific coast to give us a glimpse into the repercussions of the developed world’s craving to eat whatever it wants whenever it wants it. His documentary is a foreboding message about a fragile ecosystem, mined for its riches, is on the cusp of irreversible change.