Co-commissioned by Block Universe and Open Space Contemporary
Block Universe and Open Space Contemporary present the performative dinner Pluto’s Kitchen by Işıl Eğrikavuk. Drawing parallels between Pluto’s demotion from the solar system and the UK’s strategy to exit the European Union, this event will bring audiences and cultures together through the sharing of a conceptual menu.
In 2006, scientists from NASA announced that Pluto was a dwarf planet, and no longer one of nine planets recognized in our Solar System. On 23 June 2016, following a referendum, the United Kingdom declared it no longer wished to be a member of the European Union. These shifting borders and geographies, which currently determine not only the status of countries as well as celestial bodies but also their imagined living conditions, inspired Eğrikavuk to produce the performative dinner Pluto’s Kitchen in collaboration with chef Vidar Begum. Cultural identity is inextricably linked with the politics of food and the sharing of regional cuisines across borders. In this work, Eğrikavuk will examine the alternative, by envisioning what form the kitchen and cuisine of an isolated planet, and thus an isolated nation, could take.
Following the performative dinner on May 31st, Art Monthly writer Chris McCormack will be in conversation with Turkish artist Işıl Eğrikavuk reflecting on her performative piece in relation to the current political climate.
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Image credit: Işıl Eğrikavuk, Pluto’s Kitchen. © the artist
In her work, Işıl Eğrikavuk (b. 1980, Izmit, Turkey) creates absurd situations that highlight the manipulative power of the media. In addition to her writing being published in both local and international journals, she self-published her works in a book titled Under the Same Roof in 2010. Eğrikavuk is the winner of Turkey’s first contemporary art prize, the 2012 Full Art Prize, and has participated in numerous international exhibitions including at Rampa Gallery, Istanbul, Egeran Gallery, Istanbul, the 11th Sharjah Biennial and the 11th Istanbul Biennial.