Conversations: Changing courses
By artist Keg de Souza for The National 2017
Artist Keg de Souza hosts a series of conversations and food events as part of her work Changing courses for the exhibition The National 2017: new Australian art.
At each session, we’ll gather in de Souza’s immersive installation on lower level 2 of the Art Gallery of NSW for a discussion on aspects of food culture in Australia. While sampling food specific to the conversation, we’ll unpack the identity of a place through food.
Image: Keg de Souza Appetite for Construction 2016 (detail), installation view, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Contemporary Art Gallery © the artist. Photo: Trasi Jang
Wednesdays 26 April, 24 May, 28 June 2017
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Free, bookings required
Related exhibition: The National 2017
Indigenous food culture BOOKED OUT
Join author Bruce Pascoe for a discussion on the displacement of Indigenous food cultures in Australia. In this conversation, we’ll look at colonisation’s imposed methods of agriculture, focusing on the first colonial farming attempt in Australia in an area formally known as Farm Cove, next to the Gallery. Together we’ll sample food made from local Indigenous plants alongside some of these imposed crops.
Bruce Pascoe is of Tasmanian, Bunurong and Yuin heritage. He is a prolific writer and editor of fiction, essays and history; a board member of First Languages Australia; and a past secretary of Bidwell-Maap Aboriginal Nation. His most recent publication is the award-winning Dark emu. The food will be provided by local fermentation club A Ferm Handshake.
Wednesday 26 April 2017 5pm – 6pm
Location: Contemporary galleries
Meet artist and naturalist Diego Bonetto at the Gallery’s information desk to join this weed-seeking walking tour of The Domain. Bonetto will teach us the history of these plants, revealing their social relevance and important connection to various cultures around the world. We’ll then regroup in the exhibition for a platter of edible weeds provided by Diego in collaboration with local chef Joey Astorga. These edibles open up key points for conversation relating to weeds as a metaphor for colonisation as well the adaptation of weeds as an abundant, useable food source.
Diego Bonetto is a key member of the artist collectives SquatSpace and BigFAGPress, and also collaborates on Wild Food Map, a public domain that shares locations of wild food and medicinal plants.
Wednesday 24 May 2017 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Food affordability as both a product and sign of gentrification BOOKED OUT
Join architects Joel Spring, Dallas Rogers and Genevieve Murray for a discussion on the relationship between affordable housing and food cultures in Sydney. In this conversation, we’ll look at what the changing nature of many inner-city neighbourhood’s shopping strips and the replacement of cheap eateries with chic cafes can tell us about gentrification in Sydney. As a nod to these shifts, smashed avocado on sourdough will be served – provided by local fermentation club A Ferm Handshake.
Genevieve Murray founded Future Method, a research and design studio that actively questions and pushes the line between the practical and the abstract. Dallas Rogers is a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. Joel Spring is a Wiradjuri man who grew up in and around Redfern and the Northern Territory, and is now working as an architect at Future Method alongside key community groups and figures around the upcoming Waterloo redevelopment.
Wednesday 28 June 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: Contemporary galleries