At the Table
22 April — 9th July 2023
at Garage Rotterdam, NL
Bruno Baietto, Diana Al-Halabi, Elia Nurvista, Hala Tawil, Johanna Seelemann & Björn Steinar Blumenstein, Micheline Nahra, Rikkert Paauw, Amanny Ahmad, Seasonal Neighbours
co-curated with Rawad Baaklini
Rumbling and growling we arrive At the Table, but the sounds are not only that of hungry stomachs or digestion-- they are echoes of global trade, political powerlessness, colonial histories and unaccommodating social norms. Acknowledging the grip that food scarcity and abundance has on our lives, the artworks in this exhibition recognise what a food-dependent body is.
Candid narratives reveal the multifaceted origins of our everyday ingredients and evoke fundamental questions about how our bodies interact with food, and ultimately the world around us. The works prompt us to be attentive to the intellectual and bodily digestion that we continuously part-take in, considering that we metabolize artworks much like food.
This exhibition is a response to how we, as eaters, consume the politics of our food infrastructures. From the Earth to our mouth, eating is a collaborative act that confronts us with our inescapable reliance on one another. Through edible artworks, food happenings and participatory activities, visitors are welcomed At the Table to leave traces, like bread crumbs, for others to consume.
This exhibition is paired with three different food happenings that tackle various appetites. Micheline Nahra will host a food experience shaped by the paradox of diplomacy. Seasonal Neighbors will present in-depth groundwork about migrants in the farming industry that supply us with year-round fresh produce. Amanny Ahmad will provision a Palestinian dinner foraged from industrialized and natural landscapes.
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Image courtesy of Bruno Baietto
21st April 8PM
Opening Night Food Experience
By Micheline Nahra
All has to be eaten!
Inspired by childlike cravings and premature dislikes, the dishes of Micheline Nahra must be finished before leaving the table.
Wednesday 24th May, 7PM
By Seasonal Neighbours
A discursive event about the politics of seasonal migrants working in the farming industry and supplying us with our fresh produce.
Friday 7th June
By Amanny Ahmad
Four course dinner foraged from industrialized and natural landscapes.
Artworks (L to R): Sucker Zucker by Elia Nurvista, Chewing with Political Teeth by Diana Halabi, Modular Dining table by Rikkert Paauw
Artwork: Bare Necessities by Bruno Baietto
Artwork: Gradual Unease by Hala Tawil
Artwork: Banana Passport by Johanna Seelemann and Björn Steinar Blumenstein
Artworks (B to F): Sucker Zucker by Elia Nurvista, Modular Dining table by Rikkert Paauw
Artwork: Modular Dining table by Rikkert Paauw
Images by Aan Hoogendoorn
Image courtesy of Hala Tawil
Artwork: Sucker Zucker by Elia Nurvista