How to Farm a Fish

Debbie Schoone

Our planet is the home of seven billion people. This number continues to grow, and consequently, so does the demand for food. It has become clear to us that our current agricultural systems cannot sustain this demand any longer. In How To Farm a Fish, Debbie Schoone asks herself the crucial question whether there is another way of providing the world with enough food. She questions whether this can be accomplished in a sustainable manner, preventing the earth from being depleted even further.

Schoone’s project aims to create more nuance on new developments in the food industry. She uses her camera as a means to gain access to the closed systems where this innovation takes place and in particular the rising interest of the food industry in Aquaculture; the artificial cultivation of fish, shellfish and various species of algae, intended for consumption. Since this year, people have been eating more farmed fish than wild fish. Schoone feels this is the most efficient way to disconnect our fish consumption from the fish caught in the wild. The systems on land use little water and energy but can deliver a high yield in comparison. Through her visual research, she advocates her personal interpretation of these developments and aims to discredit the aversion against industrial production, convinced that the future of a more sustainable planet lies in fish farming on land.

Part of “Alumni aan de Schie”

Debbie Schoone is one of the recently graduated photographers from AKV St. Joost, Breda. Five alumni present work at Fotofestival Schiedam in which they show their own personal style, through their research and subject matter. With their graduation work, the final step is taken towards the completion of years of learning and experimentation. Here you find an overview of the five artists who present their work at Fotofestival Schiedam 2018.