MELT Festival 2017: Joel Devereux’s ‘FOODP*RN’ Is Giving Us Cravings


Dinner is served at Brisbane portrait photographer Joel Devereux’s mouth-watering new photo exhibition “FOODP*RN” at the MELT Festival.

The exhibition features raunchy shots of 100 men wearing nothing but different kinds of food and it was officially launched on Wednesday, the opening night of the Brisbane Powerhouse’s Melt Festival 2017.

Joel said the project took 18 months to complete and is a sendup of how social media’s “foodporn” phenomenon has gone beyond just a “primal need to eat to live.”

“The idea of ‘FOODP*RN’ came to me after years of trawling through thousands of photos on instagram, with the hashtag #foodporn,” he explained.

“Much of what I saw didn’t exactly capture the glossy desire or the essence of what the hashtag was aiming to stand for, so I thought, ‘Why don’t I create actual foodporn?’

“I’m a self-funded artist and taking on this project has really made me regret not seeking some kind of sponsorship from the New Farm IGA!”

The full images are on display for free at the Powerhouse until the end of Melt on February 3. A hardcover book containing all the images from the exhibition and more is also available from Joel’s website.

The MELT Festival is the Brisbane Powerhouse’s annual celebration of queer arts and culture, showcasing local, interstate and international actors, rock star singers, dancers, photographers, illustrators, comedians and circus artists.

Brisbane Powerhouse artistic director Kris Stewart said Brisbane’s LGBTI voice can be heard loud and clear at MELT.

“The musical soul of the Brisbane LGBTI+ community will be shared through the queer culture musical phenomenon RENT, the celebration of musical punk cinema in Hedwig 15, the comedic cabaret of On A Night Like This: The Erin Minogue Experience and the original production Boys of Sondheim,” he said.

Among the opening night performances were cabaret show “Night At The Musicals” and the vaginal love story “The Adventures of Yoni 1 and Yoni 2”.

Five local drag stars also took the stage to showcase glamour, dance, activism and just a little bit of filth at the MELT Beauty Pageant. After three rounds, Brisbane drag king Archie Arsenic wowed the judges and won the $1000 grand prize.

MELT 2017 runs at the Brisbane Powerhouse until February 5. For the full lineup and tickets visit the Powerhouse website.