In the Beurs' kitchen, Samah Hijawi works on the next chapter of her artistic research project on food, cooking practices, and their stories throughout history and geographies.
Kitchen. Table. is a research on the histories of food making, and the movement of food practices over time and across geographies. By tracing singular ingredients or a recipe, the project reframes the foods on our table today, by thinking of migration and the body as an archive of food memory in Embodied Choreographies of Food, the spiritual and celestial stories that accompany food in Holy Cow and the Pomegranate, and in Ode to Asparagus that digs into the movement of foods through the ancient recipes that circulated around the Mediterranean. This project materialises in drawings and collages, photographs and performances with food. During her residency, Samah will follow up on her research in Beursschouwburg’s kitchen.
Samah Hijawi is an artist and researcher currently doing her PhD in Art Practice at ULB and the Academie Royale Des Beaux Art de Bruxelles, Belgium. In her multi-media works she is exploring the aesthetics of representation in artworks that allude to the histories of Palestine. Her works have been shown in The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Brussels, Museum M, The Hayward Gallery in London, BOZAR and Beursschouwburg in Brussels, Bureau Europa- Maastricht, MoMa and Apex Art - New York; Darat al Funun - Amman, among others. She previously collaborated with Ola El-Khalidi and Diala Khasawneh in directing Makan Art Space (2003-2016), an independent space for contemporary art in Amman. And together with Shuruq Harb and Toleen Touq she co-curated the platform The River has Two Banks (2012-2017), that addressed the growing distance between Jordan and Palestine.