Shopping: Pineapple, Sauerkraut, Wasabi, Chickpea, a solo show by Elia Nurvista, 20 May – 8 July 2023, Šopa Gallery, Košice, Slovakia.
The projects featured in this show depart from Indonesian artist Elia Nurvista’s interest in recipes and food as cultural value. The exhibition highlights different political agendas and discrepancies between the acceptance of goods, including food products, and the rejection of humans, for example, asylum seekers/migrants. It further explores the difference between the representations of local (traditional) and global (exotic) food cultures.
Index Seminum, the Botanical Garden of Comenius University, Bratislava; the Pink Whale, Bratislava, 23 – 24 August, 2022, events in collaboration with KunstHalle Bratislava, Slovakia
Performative readings by Borbála Soós at the Botanical Garden of Comenius University. The texts re-created a journey of colonial discovery as they were aligned with different habitats in the Botanical Garden of Bratislava. The readings reflect on the creation of botanical gardens as aspirational colonial structures, and their role in the collection, banking and dissemination of seeds, species and ideas of the exotic Other.
A screening programme shown at the Pink Whale, Bratislava. Curated by Borbáls Soós with moving image works by artists Ana Vaz & Tristan Bera, Laura Huertas Millán, Pilar Mata Dupont, Pedro Neves Marques, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Gerard Ortín Castellví and Jonas Staal. The films reflected on colonial journeys of discovery and how nature is politically, culturally and cinematically constructed.