ATARAXIA – Salon Suisse Two: “Eating Well” in Venice, Italy

ATARAXIA, Salon Suisse 2017. © Pro Helvetia. Photo: Rachele Maistrello.

August 31 – September 2, 2017

Every event starts at 6.30 p.m.

Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy

Salonnière: Koyo Kouoh

Co-Salonniers: Samuel Leuenberger, Lívia Páldi, Rasha Salti and farid rakun

Guests: Sandra Knecht, Maurice Maggi, Zoe Butt, David Teh and Reza Afisina

In this two-part weekend of culinary exploration and feasting, the hosts at Salon Suisse seek to abate your hunger for flavor, friendship and the ultimate food experience. Samuel Leuenberger has invited artists and gastronomic provocateurs Sandra Knecht and Maurice Maggi to open the second Salon, titled “eating well.” Joining forces for ATARAXIA, Knecht and Maggi will prepare an edible geopolitical roadmap (exit ramps included) of Switzerland to Venice. Audiences will be invited to taste the fruits of foraged verdure and market finds. By sampling a variety of methods and approaches Knecht and Maggi trace the routes of political agricultures through traditional regional cultivation methods. For Friday and Saturday’s soirees, Koyo Kouoh and farid rakun cordially invite you to join special guests Zoe Butt, David Teh and Reza Afisina. Different types of camaraderie will be served with congenial sides and refreshing charm – this is a weekend for friendships, fine tastes and fun.

August 31, 2017

6:30 p.m.

Tavolata: An evening of edible knowledge with Sandra Knecht and Maurice Maggi 

Maurice Maggi and Sandra Knecht present an edible cartography mapping the ethicurean and geopolitical landscape of food in and around Venice, Italy. Maggi will create a Tavolata with local ingredients and wildflowers sourced from the streets and gardens of Venice, foraging an edible portrait of the city. For Maggi, the foraged crop is indicative of both the environmental and social conditions of a neighbourhood, providing clues about the local habitat and how it enriches the lives of its inhabitants. Experimenting with different cooking methods, Sandra Knecht proposes a bridge between the alps and the sea. From the highest peak down to sea level, she asks: how does a geographical environment inform culinary practices, and what sort of conservation methods are preferred? For ATARAXIA, Knecht applies traditional fermentation techniques, seasoning meats and fish with seeds from Switzerland and Italy as well as with Soumbala, a West African seed paste. Knecht and Maggi will share the results of these processes alongside fresh, locally sourced fish and vegetables from Venice’s markets and gardens, which she will prepare and cook during the August event.

September 1, 2017

6:30 p.m.

Introduction to CONSUME with Reza Afisina, Zoe Butt, farid rakun and David Teh

7 p.m.

Friendship and Paranoid Regionalism 

The session offers personal takes on the economies of hospitality and obligation among the quasi-institutions driving contemporary art in Southeast Asia. The main dish, Nyonya Chicken Curry, will be garnished with cartographic anecdotes (rather than overviews) which are unavoidably entrenched in colonialist, globalist and ‘connectionist’ network technologies.

September 2, 2017

6:30 p.m.

Introduction to CONSUME with Reza Afisina, Zoe Butt, farid rakun and David The

6:45 p.m.

The Art of Confession –  giving, creating, maintaining, provoking Time 

Whiskey and wine, passed around to garner juicy stories. It will start with the question: who’s got your back in the journey of studying life through art? It will be a kind of group therapy, emphasizing what it’s like to work in environments where role models and mentors are what snow is to the tropics – or to be more extreme – where honesty can get you surveilled by the State. We gather in groups, often hidden, in private spaces where getting personal, confronting each other and ourselves, is as much about valuing our dignity as it is about knowing that sharing time is the true ‘art’ of human survival.

8:15 p.m.

Sharing Surviving

A relaxing lounge with DJ and drinks plus Jakarta graphic diaries. Heavy and massive construction sites. B-side histories on-the-go. Viral gossip spreading through Facebook accounts that refuse to deactivate and keep spamming inboxes. Fundamentalist moslems as parents. Twelve million motorbikes. Survival is indeed a social glue.

About Salon Suisse

Salon Suisse presents ATARAXIA, this year’s talks and events program running along with the exhibition at the Pavilion of Switzerland at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Organised by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in collaboration with Dakar-based RAW Material Company, the collateral talks programme offers a platform for exchange on contemporary art in a stimulating atmosphere. The program takes place over the course of the opening event and three subsequent long weekends.

Salon Suisse One: took place at the Biennale opening on May 11

Salon Suisse Two: August 31 to September 2

Salon Suisse Three: October 19 to October 21

Salon Suisse Four: November 23 to November 25

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