To Gathering: Laying the Table Bare

BRACK in collaboration with Warung Ijo (Singapore)

Presented by the Singapore International Festival of the Arts 2021

How is the impossibility of gathering in these exceptional times made manifest through the attempt of executing a simple act, the sharing of a meal? What lies within the host’s realm of control – and what lies beyond?            

Join us for a meal. Piled onto the plate in front of you are layered stories, layered labour, layered opportunities and constraints. Take a bite, what do you taste? Bite into the obscurity, chew on it. Laying the Table Bare is an opportunity for honest storytelling, a chance to lay the table bare.
To Gathering is a series by Brack, a Singapore-based platform for socially-engaged artists in Southeast Asia, who are interested in practices of gathering, and in dialogical exchanges across mediums, disciplines, and communities.

Click here to find out more about the series. 

Also Happening: 

Online sessions
21, 22, 28, 29 May 2021 , Fri & Sat
12pm – 1.30pm

1h 30m, no intermission

15 SGD inclusive of a delivered meal from Warung Ijo

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Recommended for 16 years and above

To Gathering: Laying the Table Bare (Exhibition) 

14 – 30 May 2021
Warung Ijo (337 Beach Rd, Singapore 199565)
Tue – Fri 11am – 3pm, 4pm – 9pm 

Sat – Sun 11am – 3.30pm, 4.30pm – 9pm

Closed on Mondays

Entry for Dine-in customers at Warung Ijo

To Gathering: Laying the Table Bare considers food as site and instigator of congregation: of processes, production, and people. Composed around the origin and operations of Warung Ijo, an Indonesian vegetarian eatery, the work unfolds in two parts: a physical installation at the eatery, and a digital lunch gathering with provided food. How do foods get to our tables – what networks and labours enable their arrival? When lockdowns restrict access to overseas produce, how are substitutes chosen and procured? In running a vegetarian eatery, what happens when principles meet pragmatism?

Participating Artists: Alecia Neo, Jevon Chandra, Kei Franklin