Reading Palm

May 11 2024 Saturday
02:00 PM - 06:00 PM
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Age Group Adults
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Reading Palm opens up a collective interrogation of the history of palm oil, unfolding through a tasting of palm oil dishes and a group reading of selected chapters from Max Haiven’s Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire (2022). Consumption takes on literal and allegorical dimensions in Nurvista’s workshop—eating, reading, and digesting together transform palm oil from a symbol of exploitative and industrialized economic cycles originating from the colonial structures of the nineteenth century into a vital ingredient of hospitality, critical exchange, and rethinking patterns of production and consumption.

The participants will be asked to collectively read a chapter from the book, which will be distributed during the workshop, and Nurvista will invite the participants to eat the palm oil products mentioned in the book. The workshop will take place in the room where Nurvista prepared a mural painted with palm oil prior to the event.


Language: English


Image caption:

Elia Nurvista, Palm Reading workshop at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2023. Courtesy of KfW Stiftung, photo by G. Fierman.

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Elia Nurvista is an artist and curator who explores food as both a medium of artistic practice and a field of research in formats such as workshops, study groups, publications, site-specific works, performance, video, and installations. Nurvista has taken part in major group exhibitions worldwide, including Sharjah Biennial 15 (2023), Dhaka Art Summit (2020), Karachi Biennale (2019), and the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane (2018). In 2021, she co-curated Jogja Biennale Equator XVI: Indonesia with Oceania, and in 2017 was a nominee for the Visible Award for socially engaged practices.