Sculpture Talk II – Social Sculpture: Bait al Karama & Slow Food in Palestine.

Welcome to BOX AFTERWORK Sculpture Talk
Röda Sten konsthall – Lounge, Göteborg
Friday November 6th, 4:30-6:00pm

The second presentation in our sculpture lecture series focuses on Social Sculpture. Beatrice Catanzaro and Cristiana Bottigella will present Bait al Karama (House of Dignity), a slow, immersive and localized participatory art project, independently initiated in 2010 in Nablus, Palestine in collaboration with local activist Fatima Kadumy. The talk will be moderated by SculptureHUB – Josefina Posch, Artist and founder, and Sofia Landström, Researcher and Curator.

Bait al Karama is a women centre located in an Ottoman building at the heart of the Old City of Nablus and is home to the foremost Palestinian cooking-school run entirely by women. With the income generated through the school, the restaurant and culinary tours, the centre organises educational trainings and programs for women and children of the community. The long term community project Bait al Karama became a Slow Food Convivium in 2012. Since early stages, food was understood as a strategy for aggregation, cultural mediation and income generation. Palestinian women are beholder of gestures and tastes of the local culinary cultural heritage – an heritage that is quickly disappearing under the economical pressure of the occupation. The presentation at Röda Sten will focus both on the artistic quality and on the social-economical remit of the project.

Beatrice Catanzaro’s work creates the conditions for shared learning and public participation, and have been produced throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. In 2010, Catanzaro moved to Palestine, where she initiated Bait al Karama. As a doctoral candidate in Social Sculpture Research at the Oxford Brookes University, in Oxford, UK, she currently teaches classes on research practices at the International Academy of Art Palestine, in Ramallah.

Cristiana Bottigella is a cultural manager based in London. After working as the Director of the Education Office and the Head of the artist-in-residence program at Cittadellarte-Pistoletto Foundation (Italy) for ten years, she moved to the UK, where she works as an independent curator. In 2012 she co- founded hARTslane, an experimental art project space providing a platform to emerging artists.

The presentation is part of a sculpture talk series organised by Snowball Cultural Productions: SculptureHUB in collaboration with Galleri Box, Röda Sten konsthall and co-funded by Stiftelsen Längmanska kulturfonden.

Please note that the event takes place at Röda Sten konsthall Lounge and will be conducted in English