DANIEL

ARTIST/
FILMMAKER/
EDUCATOR/


Projects


Food as Care Cookbook
Tree of Heaven
Untitled Graduate Thesis
Pratt Public Sphere
Cannon Café (Café Bustelo)
Culinary Performances
Ox-Bow Pad Thai
LaTerre Realty Trust
On the Line

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2024 | Resilience Thinking Walkspace Performance | Prelude in the Parks Performance Festival

2024
| I’m teaching this July! Art on the Meadow Workshops | Ox-Bow School of Art & Residency Program

2024 | Group Exhibition | Open Kitchen, Curated by Phil Zheng Cai

2024 | Researcher & Presenter | Pratt Research Open House, Brooklyn Navy Yard

2024 | Artist in Residence | Wassaic Project

2024 | Saturday Studio Workshop | Dia:Beacon

2024 | Year of the Dragon Print Daily Calendar | FAR–NEAR

2023 | Artist in Residence | Creature Conserve Residency, Governors Island, NY

2023 | Art on the Meadow Workshop | Ox-Bow School of Art & Residency Program

2023 | MFA Fine Arts Graduation | Pratt Institute

2023 | Pratt Public Sphere in the Press | Pratt.edu

2022 | Food as Resistance at La Morada | Commercial Type’s “The Food Issue”







CULINARY PERFORMANCES



2021-Ongoing

Dimensions: Variable
Form: Culinary Performance
Materials: Food, To-Go containers, Cooking equipment, mobile soup cart, apron, neighbors.
CULINARY PERFORMANCES

Food can be an incredible way to tell stories, and I have explored cooking as form as a response to the past years of pandemic precarity. I draw inspiration from the food we eat, the recipes we pass down, and the places that remind us of home. I often place myself in my work as a facilitator of dialogue, as a provocateur asking critical questions, as a host creating space for people to come together. I use food—in particular the act of cooking, gathering, and sharing meals—as an entry point into new discursive and public spheres. 

As such, I have devised a series of happenings that I call “culinary performances”: a loose collection of site and time-specific cooking sessions that all hinge around the centrality of shared dialogue in public space. Each performance follows a particular formula that privileges the location and the dish served while keeping room for growth and flexibility with each iteration. The first culinary performance was in November 2021 on Flushing Avenue in front of my MFA studio building. Often times, I cook chicken soup — a dish that embodies care and reminds me of home.

As a perpetual student of social practice art, I am indebted to the visual language of practitioners like Rirkrit Tiravanija, whose use of food, gatherings, and “a lot of people” opens up new possibilities for contemporary relational aesthetics. Like Tiravanija, I seek to interrogate the systems we find ourselves embedded in as a way to open up space for the social, the restful, and the hopeful. As I continue to create socially-engaged artworks, I intend to investigate hopeful futures that are in direct conversation with artists like Tania Bruguera or Theaster Gates. Bruguera’s concept of “Arte Útil” (Useful Art) provides a positive framework for thinking of my practice as a tool that can be positioned as a means to create real social and political change - shaping collective futures that center community, resistance, and joy.


© 2024, Daniel Pravit Fethke