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The strangely fascinating series Canned by Japanese artist Kyoko Takemura is a revelatory, up-close-and-personal look at the contents of canned foods… and as you can tell, it’s not looking so good.

Processed meats, pickles, hotdogs and — we’re guessing oysters? — are presented in compact form sans their canisters, making us question the origin of the food we unquestioningly put into our bodies on a daily basis, consciously or not. By taking them from their tins, solidifying then photographing them, she shows the unnatural state of how something with a shelf life of a few days can be kept for years. “Our quest for efficiency and convenience boosted the development of technology, but the price for the blind cut back on cost and labour remains unknown,” explains Takemura. “Canned food is an unintentional sculpture shaped by the bottomless desire of humans.” Really, it just makes us want to throw our can openers away.

Based in Berlin, Takemura continually tackles projects that seek hidden truths and reflect on universal issues that go beyond language and ethnicity. Her works have won awards and exhibited in Germany and abroad. More on her work here and on Instagram.

Kyoko Takemura

Kyoko Takemura

Kyoko Takemura

Kyoko Takemura

Kyoko Takemura

Kyoko Takemura

Kyoko Takemura

Kyoko Takemura

Images © Kyoko Takemura / with permission

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