DANIEL PRAVIT FETHKE
ARTIST + EDUCATOR

I am an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Brooklyn. I have worked in the New York film industry for over a decade, having screened films and documentaries at festivals, including the Bushwick Film Festival, Atlanta Docufest, and at the CUNY Graduate Center. I regularly facilitate workshops, cooking classes, and creative gatherings that center food and recipes as ways to explore identity and culture. 

Projects

Tree of Heaven
Untitled Graduate Thesis
Pratt Public Sphere
Cannon Café (Café Bustelo)
Free Soup from Art School
Ox-Bow Pad Thai
LaTerre Realty Trust
On the Line

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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”







TREE OF HEAVEN

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2023

Duration:
18:07
Form: Mixed Media Installation
Materials: Remnants of Ailanthus altissima; Dessicated Spotted Lanternfly; Researcher’s wardrobe, Microscope; Sketches, Ephemera; 4K DCP Video
TREE OF HEAVEN

A mixed-media video installation chronicling the felling of an Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven) in Brooklyn.

Collaborator: Sunny Leerasanthanah
Exhibition: Swale House, Governors Island, NYC




UNTITLED GRADUATE THESIS (ENCOUNTERS IN THE PRATT PUBLIC SPHERE)

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2023

Duration: Variable
Form: Mixed Media Installation; Gathering Space
Materials: Remnants of 100 Bowls of Soup; Paper Tags; Folding Tables; Folding Chairs; Cooking Equipment; Ingredients; Recipes; CRT Television; Digital Slideshow; Inkjet Photographs; Ephemera.
A mixed-media immersive installation for my Graduate MFA Thesis in Fine Arts at Pratt Institute.



PRATT PUBLIC SPHERE

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2022-2023

Dimensions:
20’x20’x16’
Form: Mixed-Use Classroom Space, Mutual Aid Hub, Library, Public Kitchen
Materials: 20ft Geodesic Dome, Marine Shrink Wrap, Spandex, Lumber, Open Sign, Tables, Chairs, Kitchen Equipment, Shelving, Donated Books, Clothes, and Food.

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PRATT PUBLIC SPHERE (PPS)

A mixed-use classroom space in the form of a 20ft geodesic dome. Open to all, the PPS was designed around a full set of public programmingm, focusing on open workshops, dialogue, and community-based programming. The space func- tions as a mutual aid hub, public kitchen, and platform for interdisciplinary action.

Collaborators: Mary Mattingly, Rafael de Balanzo




CANNON CAFÉ (CAFÉ BUSTELO)

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2022

Duration: 1 Hour
Form: Culinary Performance
Materials: Café Bustelo, Moka Pot, Wooden Sign, Microphone, Custom Tabletop
CANNON CAFÉ (CAFÉ BUSTELO)

A culinary performance where I transformed Pratt’s iconic cannon into a pop-up coffee shop, serving Cuban-style coffee in homage to the monument’s Spanish colonial roots in Havana. I asked passers-by “what kinds of monuments would you like to see?”





FREE SOUP FROM ART SCHOOL

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2021-2023

Dimensions: Variable
Form: Culinary Performance
Materials: Chicken Soup, To-Go containers, Cooking equipment, mobile soup cart, apron, neighbors.
FREE SOUP FROM ART SCHOOL

A still from a culinary performance outside of the Brooklyn Museum. Part of a series of site-specific food work, I handed out free chicken soup to passers-by in exchange for conversation, asking each participant “What food reminds you of home?” Responses were written on spoons.

OX-BOW PAD THAI

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2022

Duration: 2 Hours
Form: Site-specific Workshop/Salon
Materials: Pad Thai ingredients, Wok, Propane, Tables, Chairs, To-Go Containers
OX-BOW PAD THAI

A "cooking class" held during my fellowship at the Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI. Guests gathered to cook pad Thai while discussing the fraught nationalist history of the dish, fostering discussions about the intersection of food and politics.

LATERRE REALTY TRUST

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2022

Duration: 2 hours
Form: Site-Specific Intervention
Materials: 120mm B&W Photographs, Microphone, Land, Contracts
LATERRE REALTY TRUST

A series of interventions where I impersonate a real estate agent and try to sell land at market rate. This is a video documenting my alter ego Pierre LaTerre selling square-feet of land to passers-by in front of the Brooklyn Central Library.

ON THE LINE

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2021

Duration: 09:51
Form: Short documentary; 2K DCP

Screenings:
ON THE LINE

A short documentary I produced in collaboration with director and anthropologist Naomi Schil- ler and members of the Sixth Street Community Center. The film tells the story of the struggles of building community alongside an emergency food distribution program.

Collaborators: Naomi Schiller, Jen Chantrtanapichate, Kenny Wu, Chloe Lin, Sixth Street Community Center


04 RENO
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