press release

Staple: What’s on your plate?
December 6, 2021–April 30, 2022

Hayy Arts opens with Staple: What’s on your plate?, co-curated by Art Jameel’s Rahul Gudipudi and Delfina Foundation’s Dani Burrows. The exhibition features 21 works, including seven new research-based commissions developed in a “food lab” that has run for the past year. Spanning a broad range of material, media and enquiry, the exhibition explores themes of trade, exchange, coloniality, labour, tradition, myth and neo-imperial food production. Participating artists include Leen Ajlan, Moza Almatrooshi, Bricklab x Misht Studio, CATPC (Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise), Annalee Davis, Mohammad Al Faraj, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Mariam Al Noaimi, Pratchaya Phinthong, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Fatima Uzdenova, Munem Wasif and Lantian Xie, with films by Jonathas de Andrade, Florence Lazar, Franziska Pierwoss, Suha Shoman and Zina Saro Wiwa.

An accompanying robust and interactive public programme includes talks, cooking and planting workshops, food tours and pop-ups, led by artists, performers and researchers including Bricklab, Mariam Al Noaimi, Cooking Sections, Salma Serry, Slavs and Tatars and Raed Yassin together with Ute Wassermann.