PROJECTS, COLLABORATIONS AND SERVICES

This website SITE is intended to offer an ever evolving insight into my practice: both as an artist and a worker. I am using the categories of Projects, Services and Collaborations to provide multiple entry points into my work. Ideally visitors will be able to make links between each of these sections, as an important aspect of my artistic production is recognizing the ways in which all of my labour (artistic and otherwise) overlap in ideas and ideals.

Projects:
I am not restricted by medium, instead my works take on the forms required to best represent the ideas and concepts considered by each project. In many of my works I bring everyday items into the rarefied space of the gallery, and it might not always be clear what constitutes the work. My practice produces a minimal amount of waste.

Services:
I take on many different roles and positions in order to make it possible for me to make my work and my life sustainable. Gig work, such as cooking and preparing crew lunches, providing education workships, djing parties, working as a house painter or as a barista in a coffee shop, allows me time and flexibility to make work as an artist.

Collaborations:
As I am not tied to any specific medium I often work with others to produce aspects of my work. This assistance is integral in helping me to realize my vision into material. With such a focus on labour in my work, it is important that these workers are paid fair labour costs when helping to produce work.

The Mobile Kitchen Lab Presents: Beit Suad

2013

Fado Emerging Artists Series 2013 / XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada

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The Mobile Kitchen Lab Presents: Beit Suad

From the Curator: Francisco-Fernando Granados

consider sight as situation:
the situation of its own contours in the discourse of the aesthetic; the oversight of its privilege in relationship to the range of sense.

consider site as a means of observation:
the observation of space through and past the mono-scopic; the insight of a careful tracing of the space between gazes.

consider how action, event, exchange,
intervention, happening,
performance, presentation, process
space out relationships of visibility in time and space

The sight specificity of a migrating body poses the question of how to situate home in a state of exile. Basil AlZeri’s T.M.K.L. Presents: beit Suad activates the space of the kitchen as a means to maintain the possibility of a contin- uous Palestinian home-space in the face of various kinds of systematized violence. T.M.K.L. (The Mobile Kitchen Lab) is a self-sustaining utilitarian sculpture able to provide a full cooked meal in any location through the artist’s intervention. In the context of .sight.specific., the project launches with a cooking performance guided by AlZeri’s mother, Suad, via Skype from either Jordan or the United Arab Emirates. For two days following the performance, the artist conducts a series of workshops where he teaches the public to cook the dishes his mother taught him how to make. Food becomes the medium for a staging of the trans-continental sight line between AlZeri and his mother. This exchange between mother and son becomes an act of generosity towards a public made up of friends, fellow artists and strangers in a gesture of collectivity-making. AlZeri extends the familiar sight line to the people that take part in the performance, feeding an incalculable ‘us’ and sharing the knowledge of a cultural practice that is essential to the survival of the Palestinian population. AlZeri’s live archiving of these cultural practices materializes a home space where wisdom is recognized and honoured as matrilineal and performative.

Francisco-Fernando Granados

Credits and Thank You's:

Curated by: Francisco-Fernando Granados

Essay by: Francisco-Fernando Granados and Ricky Varghese

booklet design by: Lisa Kiss Design

Special thanks to: Xpace Cultural Centre, Fado Performance Art Centre (Shannon Cochrane) and Fuse Magazine (Gina Badger) and Francisco-Fernando Granados

Photography: Henry Chan

SUPER special thanks: to my Mother, Suad.