Reading Palm

May 12 2024 Sunday
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Diriyah Riyadh - Auditorium get directions
Age Group All Ages
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In this artist talk, Elia Nurvista will expand on food politics, pointing at how food has political, social, and aesthetic implications—its tastes, recipes, and paths of origin not only weave through cultural traditions but also trace the outlines of global inequalities and their geopolitical histories. In 2015 she initiated the interdisciplinary food study group Bakudapan. She is also part of Struggles for Sovereignty, a transnational solidarity platform engaged in struggles for the self-determination of Indigenous people and their access to basic resources: land, water, farming, and food.

Nurvista will also introduce her ongoing series Long Hanging Fruits (2022–present), which explores the cultivation of palm oil in Indonesia. Today the country is the world’s largest producer of the ubiquitous vegetable oil, which is made from the fruit of the oil palm, a plant introduced from its native Africa by the Dutch. The mass global consumption of palm oil has not only wrought devastation on Indonesian ecosystems due to the excessive deforestation caused by clearing land for palm oil plantations; it has also created a nationwide dependency on the harmful legacy of colonial plantation economies, which have resulted in land disputes between local communities.


Language: English, with simultaneous translation to Arabic


Image caption:

Elia Nurvista (2022), open studio at Jan van Eyck, Maastricht. Courtesy of Jan van Eyck Academie.

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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.