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Rirkrit Tiravanija

Skærmbillede 2017-06-08 kl. 07.50.20

Rirkrit Tiravanija

At bringe mennesker tættere på hinanden står tydeligt som et gennemgående tema for den thailandske kunstner Rirkrit Tiranvenijas installatoriske værker. Her handler det ikke om et værk vi kan kigge på, men om hvordan vi interagerer med hinanden når vi laver mad, spiser sammen, læser eller hører musik.

Efter en opvækst med base i så forskellige steder som Thailand, Etiopien og Cananda slog Tiravenija sig ned i New York i 1982 og uddannede sig i både Chicago og New York.

Allerede hans tidlige værker fra start 90erne tog udgangspunkt i at undersøge de strukturer der ligger bag vores sociale liv som fx i udstillingen Pad Thai (1990) hvor han frasagde sig enhver brug af traditionelle kunstobjekter til fordel for at tilberede og servere mad for galleriets gæster. Denne praksis fortsatte han op igennem 90erne og i 2012 ,til åbningen af La Trinnale, kulminerede konceptet i størrelse da han blev inviteret til at omdanne den største sal i Grand Palais til en storstilet 12-timers banket bestående af et måltid Tom Kha suppe.

For Tiravenijas værker spiller udvekslingen, eller samarbejdet, med deltagerne en central rolle som fx i værket Untitled 2006 (pavilion, table and puzzle) hvor de besøgende samles om et picnicbord og hjælpes ad med at samle et stort puslespil med Delacroix’s Friheden fører folket (1830) som motiv. I 2004 blev han tildelt Solomon R. Guggenheim Museets Hugo Boss pris og præsenterede i den sammenhæng en udstilling med vægt på politiske problematikker, hvor han bl.a. stillede spørgsmålstegn ved myndighedernes grad af kontrol over medierne.

Til Socle du Monde Biennalen har Tiravanija lavet et forslag til et stort udviklingsprojekt til haven bag Herning Højskole:  untitled 2018 (have til et fugtigt hjerte) der er udviklet i samarbejde med studerende fra Lær Dansk i Herning og kurateret af Cecelia Lucas Stucker:

HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art presents the proposed plans for Rirkrit Tiravanija’s untitled 2018 (have til et fugtigt hjerte). Unveiling a billboard and site markers to the public, Tiravanija will join refugee collaborators studying at the local Lær Dansk language school and residents of Herning for a community barbecue on Midsummer’s Eve 2017. The students and guests will join the artist in preparing grilled meat and vegetable dishes that reflect both the culinary traditions of their new residence and those of their respective home countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, and Thailand.

As an extension of Tiravanija’s social sculpture practice, untitled 2018 (have til et fugtigt hjerte) is proposed to be cultivated as a permanent public artwork at Herning Højskole. The artist endeavors to collaborate with local farmers and international refugees to cultivate an edible garden of indigenous and imported plants on roughly two hectares of land adjacenthøjskolen and construct an outdoor kitchen open to the public as a site of continuous engagement. The public garden will function as a botanical intersection of cultures and open space for Herning’s new and long-time residents to socialize with family, friends, and each other as well as a platform for the students to complete their Praktik to gain professional experience.

The proposed ground design is inspired by the work of seminal Danish landscape architect C. Th. Sørensen –  original architect of Herning Højskole’s garden – who worked within the tradition of Danish functionalism emphasizing architecture as both a spatial and social art form. Taking cues from the marriage of geometric shapes and organic forms in Sørensen’s modernist landscapes, Tiravanija proposes a terrace design for the plants of the main garden reminiscent of the architect’s amphitheaters. The orientation of plants being farmed on each step ascending to the cooking platform offers visitors a vantage point to consider food production and consumption in direct relation to the fresh meals offered.

The project’s title “Have til et fugtigt Hjerte” (garden for a humid heart), refers to a literal translation of a topiary Sørensen created for Carsten Friis Jespersen’s Vibedehus by Vemmetofte, spelling out the Thai phrase ชื้นใจ (lit. humid heart), an expression of humbled admiration at the sight of something beautiful.Tiravanija’s topiary for Herning Højskole will reproduce the phrase’s literal translation into Danish, fugtigt hjerte.

Tiravanija envisions the garden as a community hub oscillating between a functional garden that locals work together to cultivate food and an outdoor space open for the public to enjoy at their leisure. The site is intended to open a new avenue for the refugees as they settle and establish their position within the community and hopefully visitors are inspired to consider and understand where they come from and where they find themselves.In connection with the project are plans to publish a hybrid cookbook inspired by seasonal Danish cuisine, and local, organic crops as well as the diverse culinary heritage of the local refugees encompassing dishes served onsite

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