THE CRISIS COOKBOOK
Crisis Cookbook II, Utopias/Dystopias. Future of the city, Rondo Sztuki Gallery in Katowice, Poland, 2022
Crisis Cookbook I, Refugia. Keep (out of) these places, Arsenal Municipal Gallery in Poznań, Poland, 2021
The Crisis Cookbook is inspired by the phenomenon of "culinary extinction", the subject of Lenore Newman's book. The extinction of species has accompanied our planet for a very long time; in fact, it is an inseparable part of life on Earth. This process is most often associated with climate change and evolution of individual species, according to the principle of survival of the fittest. However, the phenomenon of culinary extinction begins much earlier than we might think, and it is not related to the above-mentioned factors but rather to how and what we eat. There are several reasons behind this process. We are species that we can be almost sure have become extinct because of human greed (laserwort / Silphium) and the ease of hunting (wild pigeon / Ectopistes migratorius). Currently, the "disappearing" is mainly caused by the privatization of seeds, the creation of monocultures and deliberately limiting the diversity of varieties of edible plants, which in the long run makes them more susceptible to pathogens, accompanied by large scale food exports and global warming might indicate that honey, coffee, maple syrup, avocado or chocolate will soon share Silphium's fate.
The installation consists of objects, books, and plants representing selected ingredients of current and old recipes that are no longer, or will soon become unavailable.