A Talk by "Conflict Kitchen" at the School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor Lebel Building, Room 115
Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 2:30 pm – 4 pm
The Art Gallery of Windsor, in partnership with the School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor, proudly presents a talk by CONFLICT KITCHEN. The talk will be followed by a reception with homemade refreshments offered by MFA students.
Location: Rm 115, Lebel Building, University of Windsor, southwest corner Huron Church Road & College Avenue
Admission is FREE and open to the public
CONFLICT KITCHEN is a restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Each CONFLICT KITCHEN iteration is augmented by events, performances, publications, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus region. The restaurant rotates identities in relation to current geopolitical events, and has been covered by over 550 international media and news outlets worldwide and is a finalist for the Second Annual International Public Art Award.
Dawn Weleski’s practice administers a political stress test, antagonizing routine cultural behavior by re-purposing underground brawls, revolutionary protests, and political offices as transformative social stages. Recent projects include City Council Wrestling, a series of wrestling matches where citizens, pro-am wrestlers, and city council members personified their political passions into wrestling characters, and “I will not bomb Iran” (100 times), a curriculum designed and taught by Weleski to generate student-authored apologies on behalf of the United States. She co-directs Conflict Kitchen, a take out restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA that serves cuisine from countries with which the U.S. government is in conflict, which has been covered by over 550 international media and news outlets worldwide and is a finalist for the Second Annual International Public Art Award.
Weleski holds an MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University and has exhibited at The Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose; Anyang Public Art Project, South Korea; The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco; Townhouse Gallery, Cairo; Festival Belluard Bollwerk International, Switzerland; The Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh; and 91mQ, Berlin; has been a resident at The Headlands Center for the Arts, SOMA Mexico City, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts; and is a courtesy fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.
For more information go to: conflictkitchen.org