Art And Food 2013
KHOJ’s InContext:public.art.ecology program was initiated to create public dialogue around ecological issues through artistic projects and interventions; over two years, through its InContext residencies, KHOJ has narrowed its focus to projects and interventions dealing with food.
About this edition
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
We are what we eat. This old saying sums up our long-standing relationship with food. Food, besides being a subject of endless passionate discussion within our personal and most intimate lives, has historically been a significant indicator of our cultural, ecological, and social realms.
Being an intrinsic expression of our cultural identity, food has often been employed as a measure of our standing in society, defining and determining social norms and thereby used as a means for discrimination and oppression. It has brought about as much exclusion as it has assisted us in breaking down cultural barriers, while nourishing and offering us comfort. The production, distribution, and consumption of food is fraught with complex issues ranging from industrialization to globalization. For some, the notion of food conjures painful memories of hunger, deprivation, and struggle.
Our relationship with food although uncomfortable has been deeply personal, rendering new meanings and understanding of our bodies, pleasures and desires, fostering warmth and a sense of well-being. We associate food with some of our most memorable times, full of joie de vivre, in the company of others. Food is an integral and almost inseparable part of our sharing and exchange.
It is in this context that KHOJ situates this second edition of its international residency, focusing on food and its myriad articulations in art. In continuance with last year’s trajectory, the residency In Context: public.art.ecology, Food Edition-II aims to re-examine the significance and relevance of food in our current social and cultural, collective and individual milieu, celebrate its intrinsic connection with our bodies and our selves and explore it as a primary ritual that fosters engagement, interaction and collaboration. Alongside a critical examination of issues surrounding the politics of ‘food’, the residency offers an opportunity to engage stimulating conversations around the discourse of food by employing food as an artistic medium, incorporating it into performance, art installations, or in interactive events, cooking up some exciting ‘food for thought’. Bon Appétit!
– Asmita Rangari (“Andi”), March 2013
KHOJ International Artists’ Association invites you to the opening on Thursday, 18 April, 2013, 6:30 PM onwards at KHOJ Studios, S-17, Khirki Extension, New Delhi.
6.30 PM: Open Studios
7.30 PM: Performance by Catherine Mcmahon (20 mins)
8.30 PM: Discussion and Q&A with Artists – moderated by Krzysztof Gutfrański
Works on view till 23RD APRIL 2013, 11.00 AM – 7.00 PM at KHOJ Studios.
Travel support for Krzysztof Gutfrański: Polish Cultural Institute, New Delhi.
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