Lei Yan’s sketch for the project
Five Chinese and five Swedish artists meet again after five years.
Last time they worked over a three-year period on a project called Logbook. They exchanged hand-made “logbooks” during one year, which they filled with images and texts about themselves, their different countries and cultures, everyday things and world events. Then they made an exhibitions in both TCG Nordica China, and at Uppsala Museum in Sweden.
In the exhibition Kitchen Events the artists proceed to work from an everyday, personal basis, but at the same time with the possibility to extend to political and moral reflections on food, environment, about how food is produced, etc. The Kitchen as a political arena.
The kitchen as the heart of the home. What can not happen in a kitchen? Stories from childhood and upbringing, from families, stories of controversy and joy. Did the kitchen have a different function in the artists two different cultures?
The outer frame and the main installation will be a long, set table with ten sections. Every artist is responsible for her part, with her own tablecloth and with secrets under serving cups, which the audience can lift in order to see what lies underneath.
The artists thought it was so rewarding, thought-provoking and not at least fun to work with artists from another culture. Getting to know them despite language difficulties, to discover many similarities, and to be able to meet in this way, through work, is a fantastic experience. The arts unite! Their contact did not end when the Logbook project ended, but the artists have kept in touch, though sporadically, by e-mail since then. With the exhibition Kitchen Events these ten artists want to reconnect and consolidate their friendship.
Swedish: Annica Danielsson Almén, Eva Källander, Gudrun Westerlund, Kristina Jansson, Ragnhild Brodow
Chinese: Fu Liya(甫立亚), Jiang Jing(姜静), Lei Yan(雷燕), Shen Qin(沈沁), Tao Yini(陶宜妮)
Webste of Kitchen Events: http://konstomat.tumblr.com/handelserikok (Swedish only, and you need proxy for visiting in mainland China)