FOOD: Bigger than the Plate
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Join Honey & Co founders Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer for an afternoon 2-part live recording of their celebrated Honey & Co: The Food Talks podcast as part of a special mini-series to celebrate FOOD at the V&A.
The final event of the series, it will focus on projects in the ‘Trading’ and ‘Eating’ sections of the exhibition and includes artist and initiator of Company Drinks Kathrin Böhm, plus a panel of artists from the exhibition; Glasgow-born artist Jasleen Kaur, co-founder of the arts collective 'Somewhere' Karen Guthrie and current Fourth Plinth artist Michael Rakowitz.
Kicking off the afternoon will be Kathrin Bohm of Company Drinks, for a discussion of ‘Trading’, including a look at more transparent and diverse ways of buying, selling and transporting food.
Kathrin Böhm is an artist and initiator of Company Drinks, a community enterprise that brings people together to pick, process and produce drinks. Based in Barking, it looks back at the shared history of working-class families from London’s East End, who migrated from the city to farms in Kent each summer for the hop harvest.
The second half of the event will focus on ‘Eating’, including the pleasure of cooking, and how a meal connects us culturally, socially and politically, with a panel of artists from the exhibition, featuring Jasleen Kaur, and Karen Guthrie and Michael Rakowitz.
Jasleen Kaur is a Glasgow-born artist currently living and working in London. Her work is an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within the material and immaterial things that surround us. Her practice examines the hierarchy of histories and labour using a range of mediums and methods including sculpture, video, conversation and cooking. She has two works on display at the V&A: The Five Ks and Tala Curry Measure.
Cumbria-based Karen Guthrie is an artist and filmmaker whose work is often concerned with rural culture, and the richness and intimacy of everyday life and creativity. She is the co-founder, alongside Nina Pope, of the arts collective Somewhere and also collaborator and head gardener at Grizedale Arts’ base, Lawson Park. Her installation House of Ferment, which celebrates the histories and cultures of fermentation from all over the world, as well as the (often unrecognised) creativity, skill and knowledge that exists in domestic kitchens, is currently on show at the V&A.
Michael Rakowitz is an Iraqi Jewish artist based in Chicago. His practice, which often focuses around the cultural, political and economic relationship between the Middle-East and the West regularly uses food as a tool of interrogation and activation. He is interested in the way that trading, cooking and eating food can foster understanding and empathy between cultures, particularly in the context of international conflict. A retrospective of Rakowitz’s work is currently on at the Whitechapel, and his piece The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist is also occupying the Fourth Plinth. Enemies and Kitchens, with objects from three of Michael’s projects, is on display at the V&A as part of FOOD: Bigger than the Plate.