Conversation and performance: Evy Jokhova
Kumu will kick off the programme of events accompanying the exhibition Art in the Age of the Anthropocene by hosting a conversation and a performance with the artist Evy Jokhova. The conversation will focus on traditional food technologies, the history and current state of food culture and its planetary dimensions in the age of the Anthropocene. In addition, based on the previous topics, Jokhova’s creative practices will be discussed. The conversation will be moderated by Ulrike Plath, a professor of Environmental History at Tallinn University. The event is part of the public programme of the exhibition Art in the Age of the Anthropocene.
The conversation will be followed by a performance – a procession for food preservation – which is part of Jokhova’s work “Waiting for Geological Time“ (2023). The performance will start from the exhibition hall and will move to the gardens of Kumu. Borrowing from the techniques of our ancient ancestors, an earth burial will be performed as an alternative to refrigeration. Vessels containing foraged seasonal plants will be placed in the ground communally and covered with a soil mount. Above it a gnome will be placed to preside, like an X that marks the spot, indicating where the buried food is fermenting underground until it is ready to be unearthed and consumed.
Evy Jokhova is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Lisbon and Tallinn, and whose practice engages with relationships between social anthropology, architecture, philosophy and art. Working with drawing, sculpture, installation, food, film and performance, she aims to bridge gaps between these fields and their inherent hierarchical structures. A graduate of the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths College, London, Jokhova is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Arts Council Individual Grants Award, a Royal Academy Schools Fellowship and a Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award. Her recent exhibitions include: “Three Colours: Green”, 3+1 Arte Contemporânea Lisbon; “Wotruba. Himmelwärts”, Belvedere Museum, Vienna; and “On Photographic Beings”, Latvian National Museum, Riga.
The exhibition Art in the Age of the Anthropocene focuses on three themes: the redefinition of Estonian art history from an eco-critical perspective, collaboration between artists, researchers and museums, and the green transformation of museums and exhibitions. Curators: Linda Kaljundi, Eha Komissarov, Ulrike Plath, Bart Pushaw and Tiiu Saadoja
Participation with a museum ticket.