Rafael Pérez Evans: Handful

18 May – 29 August 2021

Exhibition in Gallery 4

Rafael Pérez Evans’ temporary sculptures made using foodstuffs draw upon legacies of 1960s sculpture, Land Art and acts of social protest.
For this exhibition, Pérez Evans presents three new works that explore a tension between basic human need and the overproduction of food.


The causes of the gap between the consumers and the producers of food are plentiful. Pérez Evans states that we have become “food blind, plant blind and food-production blind” as food has become as much a commodity as any other.

Food’s production and distribution is entangled in a web of global economics that has long given rise to mass surpluses. Yet even the ‘grain-mountains’, ‘butter-mountains’ and ‘milk-lakes’ that have been common talking points since the 1970s, for most, exist only as imagined and distant ‘landscapes’. 

Redressing this invisibility, Pérez Evans has installed Mountain 2021, two full-sized grain silos outside the Henry Moore Institute. Their stark, functional, yet also highly sculptural forms give immediate human scale to industrial food production. In contrast Handful 2021, a simple wooden shelf inside the Institute, carries just one handful of grain.

A spirit of protest is also never far from Pérez Evans’ work. Witnessing the demonstrations of Spanish farmers as a child he saw vast quantities of lemons dumped in protests against devaluation according to market forces. For Lake 2021, Pérez Evans floods one of the Institute's former domestic spaces with milk, a gesture that recalls the aftermath of such uprisings.

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About the artist

Rafael Pérez Evans lives and works in London. He is the recipient of the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Beckett University scholarship in partnership with New Contemporaries 2019. Pérez Evans received a BA and MFA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2010 and 2020). Recent exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, C3A Museum, Córdoba and Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona.



By Sarah Cascone

“The Artist Who Dumped 31 Tons of Carrots at Goldsmiths Last Year Is Back With a Museum Show (and, Yes, It Involves Many Perishables).”

Read the full review on artnet.com



By Anna Souter

“Spilled Milk and Other Acts of Protest Visualize the Politics of Food Production.

Inspired by the farmers' protests Rafael Pérez Evans witnessed as a child in Spain, the works in Handful draw attention to the deliberate wedges driven between producer and consumer. ”

Read the full review on hyperallergic.com



By Millie Walton

“Millie Walton speaks to Welsh-Spanish artist Rafael Pérez Evans about agricultural protest and the innate symbolism of materials.”

Read the full review on trebuchet-magazine.com


Rafael Pérez Evans: Handful is presented at the Henry Moore Institute with the collaboration of Spain Arts and Culture, the Embassy of Spain London and the Instituto Cervantes London.

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Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Galleries: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Research Library: Monday to Friday, 10am - 5pm
Archive of Sculptors' Papers: Tuesday to Friday, by prior appointment