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Tainá Guedes – Collecting the Impossible: Food Art

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Tainá Guedes – Collecting the Impossible: Food Art

In the world of collecting there are some things that just aren’t as easy to collect as others. Here, we look at how you can go about collecting the difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible. Featuring interviews with collectors, gallerists and art world insiders, we show you that even the impossible can be collectable, and that it can even open new doors to a world of collecting that you never even knew existed.

How are you meant collect something that has an expiry date? What happens if it melts? Can you eat it? As children we are often told “don’t play with your food”, but what about “don’t collect your food”? Tainá Guedes, a Brazilian chef and CEO and curator of Entretempo Kitchen Gallery, is someone that knows the answers to these questions. Only exhibiting artists that work with food, and often hosting vernissage’s where you cook your own meals, Guedes understands the issues with working with food, both culturally and socially.

In an exclusive to IC, we share images and works from Guedes’ gallery.

JORGE CHAMORRO​.
Courtesy the artist
JORGE CHAMORRO​. Courtesy the artist

From the pre-historical period to nowadays food has been a way to connect people, as a medium to document the fatality of times, or a way to criticize social-economical-political situations – food and art have always been closely related.

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JORGE CHAMORRO​.
Courtesy the artist
JORGE CHAMORRO​. Courtesy the artist
JORGE CHAMORRO​. Courtesy the artist
JORGE CHAMORRO​. Courtesy the artist
JORGE CHAMORRO​. Courtesy the artist
JORGE CHAMORRO​. Courtesy the artist

Art can become an extension of the kitchen and food a common base for expressing and sharing thoughts and ideas.

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Collaboration with the Weissensee Kunsthochschule. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann​
Collaboration with the Weissensee Kunsthochschule. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann​

Collectors and private initiatives are the main supporters of our space. Without their support it would not be possible to keep growing and developing ideas that are mainly not commercial, but rather meaningful for our environment and society.

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QIANYU ZHU, Table Tools. Exhibition in collaboration with Weissensee Kunsthochschule.
Courtesy the artist. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann
QIANYU ZHU, Table Tools. Exhibition in collaboration with Weissensee Kunsthochschule. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann
Table Tools, Exhibition in collaboration with Weissensee Kunsthochschule. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann​
Table Tools, Exhibition in collaboration with Weissensee Kunsthochschule. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann​
Table Tools, Exhibition in collaboration with Weissensee Kunsthochschule. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann​
Table Tools, Exhibition in collaboration with Weissensee Kunsthochschule. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann​
Table Tools, Exhibition in collaboration with Weissensee Kunsthochschule. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann​
Table Tools, Exhibition in collaboration with Weissensee Kunsthochschule. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann​
QIANYU ZHU, Table Tools. Exhibition in collaboration with Weissensee Kunsthochschule. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann​
QIANYU ZHU, Table Tools. Exhibition in collaboration with Weissensee Kunsthochschule. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann​
ESZTER IMRE​. Courtesy the artist
ESZTER IMRE​. Courtesy the artist

There is this ephemeral aspect of the “eating experience”, that once the food is gone, and it’s inside the person, what’s left is his or her feelings and emotions about the food. Something which is not tangible and difficult to measure.

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ESZTER IMRE​. Courtesy the artist
ESZTER IMRE​. Courtesy the artist
ESZTER IMRE​. Courtesy the artist
ESZTER IMRE​. Courtesy the artist
ESZTER IMRE​. Courtesy the artist
ESZTER IMRE​. Courtesy the artist
ESZTER IMRE​. Courtesy the artist
ESZTER IMRE​. Courtesy the artist

At the Entretempo Kitchen Gallery, we have done several dining experiences that connected art and food. Within this context, I bring my expertise as Chef and artist to curate experiences around food.

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Artists and curators dinner.
Photo: Iara Guedes​
Artists and curators dinner. Photo: Iara Guedes​
Opening of the last exhibition. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann​
Opening of the last exhibition. Photo: Amadeus Lindemann​
Food Art performance at Entretempo with Pepe Dayaw, Philippines dancer
Food Art performance at Entretempo with Pepe Dayaw, Philippines dancer