The Trees That Yield
Saturday 2 June - Sunday 3 June
Cafe, Horsebridge Arts Centre
With special dinner and talk by the artist on Sunday 10 June 7pm - 9pm
With film made in collaboration with Bakudapan
As part of the Whitstable Biennale, Hannah Lees is working closely with the Horsebridge café to transform the dining space and add delicious and adventurous plant based foods and drinks to the menu.
Lees’ broad artistic practice has led her to explore the ways that gathering to eat and drink can connect cultures and rituals from different times and places. She is particularly interested in how civilisations form and end around an ever-changing relationship between what is valued and what is discarded, and has frequently used food by-products to produce sculptures.
For this artist residency at the Horsebridge Café Lees is creating new dishes and drinks for the café menu, including:
Cashew, Buckwheat & Dried Shiitake Tart with Vegetable Pulp & Flax Crust;
Charcoal Spelt Tacos with Hibiscus, Cacao & Red Onion;
Carrot, Ginger & Turmeric Pulp Cake;
Hibiscus, Rose & Beet Pulp Red Velvet Cake.
The menu applies inventive approaches such as fermentation and dehydration, creating vivid and nutritious snacks, sweets, tonic drinks, and light meals. Through these, the menu explores ‘root to fruit’ (waste-free) food preparation, native species and foraging; and authenticity in relation to migration of foods and customs.
As part of Lees’ project The Trees That Yield she travelled to Indonesia to take part in a British Council exchange residency with Bakudapan Food Study Group. Bakudapan is an interdisciplinary study group focusing on food and includes artists, designers and anthropologists. Their projects explore ingredients, cooking and food history, and use food as an instrument for discussing broad issues. Together, Lees and Bakupadan have explored how communities in different regions of the world address the urgent global question of food security. A video they have made in collaboration is on show in the café each day of the festival.
On Sunday 10 June 7pm - 9pm there will be a special dinner and talk by the artist.
For more information on the project, click here and to book a place at the dinner and talk click here.