Scott Gable: Rice


CEPA Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition of still photography and video by Scott Gable. His body of work, entitled Rice, documents the rice harvest through 6 Asian countries over the course of 4 months. The photographs, subtle in their power and majesty, document both people and place while poignantly illustrating the importance of this staple to not only the people of Asia but also to the world. Please join us for a reception for the artist on Friday, June 20 from 7-10 p.m.


I am fascinated by the modern-life disconnects between the food we eat and industrialized food sources.

Rice provides more than 40% of all the calories consumed on earth and is arguably the world’s most important staple crop. To continue my hands-on exploration of food in our modern world I went straight to the birthplaces of domesticated rice.

I travelled through six countries chasing the rice harvests from China, through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Taiwan, and Thailand to explore this globally vital crop and the experiences of those who grow it. I attended rice festivals with people from ancient agrarian highland cultures that have been using the same farming techniques since the days of the Roman Empire. I rode inside high-tech, hyper-automated harvesting machines in the lowlands where yield is king. I slept on the mud floors of crude farmers’ huts and in ultra-modern 4 star hotels.

Complexity – all the way down.

There’s no easy resolution to the stories I heard, no simple answers to the questions I asked about rice. It’s this – what I’ve worked to show in these photos – complexity. Layers. Ecosystems. Living.

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