Ruben Lundgren & Timothy Prus: Me Nu


Is it a book, is it a sculpture? No, it’s a Me Nu. The latest work by Ruben Lundgren and Timothy Prus has been produced to coincide with their exhibition “Anything that walks” held at the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, November 2018.

Like photography itself a menu explores the nature of taste and style. Sweet, salty, sour, fatty and bitter are all found in this deranged menu. New and unexpected combinations of flavour unhinge the imagination. All the pictures relate to Chinese food culture and are vernacular in the sense they were not made as art. The food most certainly was.

The time span covered in this menu is the second half of the 20th century. Photographs from food science and agriculture rub shoulders with shots from cooking competitions, cookery books and family photo albums. The highs and especially the lows of Chinese food photography are considered in depth from the Great Wall of China made of spam to fridge advertising images where even the freezers are stuffed with delicacies. Never mind if you don’t own a restaurant, Me Nu is a must for all lovers of food photography.

The source photos are from the Archive of Modern Conflict who crafted the piece in association with Galerie Ben Alors. It comes in its own bespoke menu holder with a complimentary set of tooth picks.

Me Nu consists of:
2 hardcover menus
1 softcover text menu
1 menu holder
37 c-prints
4 offset prints
2 original playing cards
15 toothpicks

300 copies, signed and numbered

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About the Archive of Modern Conflict

The Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC) is an organisation dedicated to the collection and preservation of vernacular photographs, objects, artifacts, curiosities, and ephemera. Founded in 1991, the archive began as a collection of photographs relating to war and conflict but has since expanded its remit to become the vast and thematically diverse repository it is today.

AMC has curated and participated in exhibitions worldwide in institutions such as the Tate Modern, Hayward Gallery, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada, and at events and fairs such as the Rencontres d’Arles, Brighton Photo Biennial, and Paris Photo. Photobooks – published under AMC Books – have won or been shortlisted for prizes including: the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Rencontre d’Arles Historical Book Prize, PHotoEspana Best Photography Book Prize, Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Award and the Kassel Festival Best Photobook.

Timothy Prus

Born 1959, London, United Kingdom. Lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

Timothy Prus is the curator of Archive of Modern Conflict since 1992. He is also an exhibition organiser and a photobook editor. His previous publications include Whale’s Eyelash (2014), Nein, Onkle (2007), Scrapbook (2009) and The Corinthians (2008). Previous exhibitions include Lodz Ghetto (Muzeum Sztuki, 2005), Collected Shadows(Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto, 2013), Notes Homes (FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby, 2013), The Great Refusal (2013) and A Guide to the Protection of the Public in Peacetime (Tate Modern, London, 2014).

Ruben Lundgren (鲁小本)
Born 1983, Hilversum, the Netherlands. Lives and works in Beijing, China.

Ruben Lundgren is photographer and curator based in Beijing. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts and worked as part of the Dutch photographers duo WassinkLundgren. Notable projects include Empty Bottles (2007), Tokyo Tokyo (2010),Luxiaoben (2010). A retrospect of their work was shown in the FOAM photography museum Amsterdam in 2013. Together with Martin Parr he co-edited The Chinese Photobook, from the 1900s to the present (2015). Recently he works as a photojournalist for the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant and sources photography for the Archive of Modern Conflict.

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Me Nu


Ruben Lundgren and Timothy Prus


Archive of Modern Conflict and Galerie Ben Alors


2 hardcover menus 1 softcover text menu 1 menu holder 37 c-prints 4 offset prints 2 original playing cards 15 toothpicks


22 x 33 cm


300 copies, signed and numbered


Chinese / English


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