TWMAIRL – “A Picnic In Apart” by Jia Qi Quek
You are invited. In a pandemic that has set us physically apart, join us for a virtual picnic to exchange our food stories together as we explore: How do we relate to food and our relationships during this uncertain time? How can food be an embodied knowledge to access our narratives? How can we gather apart?
Food has always been a form of sustenance for survival. It is nourishing be it in the act of preparation, consumption or sharing. At times, food can be a source of comfort for our physical and mental wellbeing. As we reimagine the domestic duty of cooking for care, hospitality and solidarity, join us as we gather, eat and share our stories, recipes, and anecdotes to food across cultures.
To participate in the picnic gathering, you are invited to prepare and bring a dish (or a snack) that has brought you comfort during this uncertain time. It could be your family’s traditional recipe, the go-to you always prepare or the food that reminds you of home.
A Picnic In Apart by artist Quek Jia Qi is part of Asia-Art-Activism’s programme Till We Meet Again IRL, Best Wishes, Asia-Art-Activism, 29 October – 29 November 2020. Supported by the Bagri Foundation.
Quek Jia Qi is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and organiser. Her socially-engaged practice investigates how relational and transformative learning can emerge through experimental forms of storytelling and hospitality. With a focus on care-based artistic processes, she works collaboratively to explore how modalities of exchange – intersecting art, pedagogy and civic practice – can bring individuals and communities together for civic engagement. Based in Singapore, she has led and facilitated participatory workshops, site-specific installations, public programmes, and performances across the US, UK, Europe and Asia. Her work has been presented at the Singapore Archifest; Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore; CICA Museum, South Korea; Whiteconcepts Gallery, Berlin; Framer Framed, Amsterdam; Raven Row, London; The Yard Theatre, London; King’s College London; Goldsmiths, University of London; 5th Base Gallery, London; amongst others in the public streets of London, Singapore and New York City. She has also worked with Asia-Art-Activism research network, The Substation, and Serpentine Education & Projects, at Serpentine Galleries to develop cross-disciplinary public programmes such as Oceans*A*Part, Discipline the City: Shifting Concretes, and Power Walks. In 2017, Jia Qi was awarded the Social Art Award by The Institute for Art and Innovation e.V. She holds a BA (First-Class) Joint Honours in Fine Art & History of Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, where she was mentored under Dr Janna Graham. Her recent works include Bind, a participatory archival project developed during her research residency at Asia-Art-Activism. Combining traditional bookbinding techniques with socially-engaged pedagogy, participants learn to bind stories of others and our own, tracing a diversity of personal trajectories surrounding stories of care, labour, maintenance and well-being; Field Trip to Redhill, a collaboration with DesignSingapore Associates and My Community to uncover the design of everyday life, heritage and stories through a mix of guided and spontaneous wanderings; Myths On a Red Hill, in collaboration with architects Isabella Duffield and Randy Chan, to lead a public storytelling pavilion in Singapore and reimagine an open classroom in an urban farm for creative modes of exchange. The pavilion grows as a living archive — collectively weaving narratives, knowledge, experiences and stories from different individuals and communities. Jia Qi is also a published illustrator for The Little Things – a children’s book about kindness, narrated with characters of local food to inspire children in Asia to celebrate who they are; a community initiative in collaboration with Wu Jiezhen and Tampines Kindness Movement.