The dinner table is often the place where families come together and acknowledge their good fortunes. The Hunger Table encourages the importance of having a broad perspective on life by displaying the adversity of many.
Luis Porem's piece is not merely an item to furnish a home, nor a surface on which to place food. It is also a graphical representation of global malnutrition in the form of a pie graph. As an aside, this visual feature functions as a pun and comes with a touch of edible irony.
But the appearance of the Hunger Table corresponds directly to the statistics of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations for 2010, with each slice of wood depicting a geographic region and its relative shortage of food.