ART^S KITCHEN – Linda Nadji / Elisabeth Windisch

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ART^S KITCHEN – Linda Nadji / Elisabeth Windisch

Salt is a material with multiple meanings. Its chemical formula NaCl, is an ionic compound made of sodium and chloride ions. All life has evolved to depend on its chemical properties to survive. It has been used by humans for thousands of years, from food preservation to seasoning. Salt‘s ability to preserve food was a founding contributor to the development of civilization. It was a highly valued trade item. Many salt roads, such as the via Salaria in Italy, had been established by the Bronze age. There have been reports as to the value of salt in historical times, however it has never been more valuable than gold.

In the history of medicine salt plays a role since Hippocrates (460 – c. 370 BC) investigated in the use of salt water to heal various ailments by immersing their patients in sea water. Today, salt is almost universally accessible, relatively cheap, and often iodized.

The exhibition Witch`s Kitchen at Gallery Box will use the material salt and its various intrinsic meanings as research basis.

-The idea has its roots in a preceding cooperative project of Linda Nadji and Elisabeth Windisch.

The ability of cooking a salt moon – an artificial work of Elisabeth Windisch was given to Linda Nadji to be reproduced in an exhibition via a „recipe“. All needed items are the recipe, a pot, salt and water to create the salt sculpture.

– A big pile of 2 up to 3 tonnes of salt in the exhibition space will be the centerpiece and the starting point of the witches‘ kitchen. We intend to collect pots of all sizes from volunteer participants to grow salt moons and to present the results at Gallery Box together with its pots and a personal reference – the participants` names as title.

While the number of salt moons are starting to rise the amount of the salt pile will be shrinking and there will be a hight concentration of NaCl in the air, said to have a healing effect. This growing integrative procedure of the witches‘ kitchen is accompanied by a collection of photographs and texts reflecting on the material salt and its significances.

The exhibition ART^S KITCHEN at Gallery Box will use the material salt and its various intrinsic meanings as research basis.