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Din Din: Missing Luncheon
June 20, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm UTC-5
This event is part of the exhibition Din Din, a series of free, socially-distanced outdoor public events which use food and art to build community.
Location: 39-22 29th St, Long Island City
Who or what did you lose in this last year? Normally, we gather together with loved ones over food after funerals, break ups, and job endings but the pandemic halted that system of support. If you have been longing for one of these meals, Karen Krolak, creator of the Dictionary of Negative Space, invites you to gather in the garden where laughter, tears, and awkward pauses are welcome to flow. We will dine on a French feast designed by Bianca Boragi and experience a poetic pop up by Heather Kapplow. Feel free to bring memories of what you’ve lost as we share stories, moments of silence, and moving metaphors to help us digest our grief.
Karen Krolak is a free range collaborator based in Boston, MA She is the co-founder/co-Artistic Director of Monkeyhouse, an award winning nonprofit that connects communities with choreography. Her ongoing project, the Dictionary of Negative Space (DoNS), is an interdisciplinary lament for the words that the English language lacks for grief, trauma, and repair. Much like grief itself, this unusual dictionary manifests in a variety of unexpected iterations. DoNS offers refuge for mourners grappling with complicated grief and was inspired by her experiences after a car crash killed her mother, father & brother.
Heather Kapplow creates participatory experiences that elicit unexpected intimacies using objects, alternative interpretations of existing environments, installation, performance, writing, audio and video. “Breakaway” consists of a varied series of audience-enacted gestures woven into multiple Din Din events. It is ritual activity that conflates the notion of theatrical breakaway props — things designed to be destroyed without hurting anyone — with the idea of freedom obtained by breaking away from dysfunctional patterns rooted in traumas from the past.
Bianca Abdi-Boragi works across media using sculpture, video, installation, and painting to enact representations of self and others, often using found materials and landscapes as receptacles to address different states of being, with a specific focus on alienation and territory. Tending towards the absurd though with care and respect, her works respond to the contemporary political and social environment in the United States, France, and Algeria, engaging with themes of gender, subsistence, and migration while linking this moment to the historical repercussions of post-colonialism. Abdi-Boragi is a French-Algerian/ American interdisciplinary artist who received her MFA from Yale School of Art, Sculpture, in 2017, and obtained her BFA from ENSAPC. Her shows have been featured on Artnet, Artspiel, Taggverk Magazine amidst others. Solo shows include the Border Project Space Gallery and CADAF Art Fair, she has exhibited with the Immigrant Artist Biennial, NARS Foundation, The Border Project Space, VCU Arts, NURTUREart Gallery, Chashama Gallery, Field Project Gallery, Galerie Protégé, The Clemente Soto Velez Center NY, throughout the United States and internationally and has screened art films at Anthology Film Archive, UnionDocs, Video Revival, NY, the Whitney Humanity Center, and Loria Center, New Haven, CT. Abdi-Boragi was the recipient of the JUNCTURE Fellowship in Art and International Human Rights from the Yale Law School and was recently in residency at NARS Foundation and previously at MASS MoCA’s studios, the Centquatre, Paris, France, Pact Zullverein, Essen, Germany, Cal’Arts, Los Angeles. Abdi-Boragi is also an independent writer/ curator and founder of Gallery Perchée.