Last weekend a group of 36 people with 3 to 6 baguettes wrapped around their face appeared suddenly at Onomichi Station in Hiroshima, Japan. They paraded down a street, through the city’s shopping district and even went on a ferry ride, all the while chanting “We are Bread Men. We are not human” in Japanese and English.
A few days before the action, a door frame with a painted stylized wall was erected on which these texts were added in Hungarian and English:
“A wall means self-closure and/or exclusion. This country would be far more livable if the walls were destroyed. This doorway will be build up with bread and dripping. On May 2015 at 19:30, if you are fed up with walls, come and help break them down: Eat a slice with us!“
After the artist laid down slices of bread with pork fat, the public helped “eat down” the wall.
Bread head sculptures – András Böröcz 2003 – New York
One of András Böröcz and his wife Robbin Ami Silverberg’s actions was carried out at the Popieluszko Square next to their apartment, the purpose of which was to have the pigeons floating in the square devouring or at least breaking down the sculptures made of bread. The pigeons walked around the bread heads, but did not harm them, paying tribute to Böröcz’s art. The square was named after a Polish priest murdered in 1987. Later the Polish community in Brooklyn erected a statue for his memory. The head of the statue was broken on the day before the initiation. Böröcz reacted with the Breadhead statue in action, documented by Robbin Ami Silverberg and become the Bread Head Story.
While you all may be obsessed with the brief Internet sensation that was “BreadFaceBlog“, just know that long before virality was a “thing”, there was an eternal character known as Breadwoman. Emerging from the depths of LA’s underground art gallery culture in the 80s, Breadwoman is a timeless, avant-garde character combining ephemeral electronica with anthropological inclinations — and it’s about time she’s risen again, hollowed-out bread on her head and all.