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May 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Join artist Elia Nurvista for lunch at RMIT Gallery to discuss the complex relationship of rise to the local/global dynamics of exchange and international aid in Indonesia and Asia.

We are taking bookings for those who will eat the meal. Observers may walk in on the day to watch the action, depending on space availability.

Please advise if you have food allergies [email: rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au when your booking is confirmed]. The menu is primarily white rice. A full ingredient list will be provided on the day.

Bruised Food: a Living Laboratory is a project curated by Marnie Badham and Francis Maravillas that complements the exhibition Bruised: Art Action & Ecology in Asia at RMIT Gallery (12 April – 1 June). The Bruised Food Lab Events critically reflects on food and social practice, and present works and events by artists.

About the event

As one of the world’s major food crops and staple food, rice is unique in the extent and variety of its uses and its shaping of societies and cultures, particularly in Asia.

Significantly, the politics and economics of rice in the region have been transformed by processes of globalisation, new agricultural practices and technologies as well as changing diets and tastes. At the same time, the ecology of rice is embedded in established food and socio-cultural systems that are at once local and traditional.

Building on earlier works that explores the politics of rice in the context of Indonesia’s political economy (Hunger Inc) and colonial history (Rijstaffel: The Flamboyant Table) this project presents a series of reflections on significance of rice in the context of the Asian diaspora in Australia.

About the artist

Elia Nurvista is a young Indonesian artist whose practice focuses on food production and distribution and its broader social and historical implications.

Food in various forms — from the planting of crops, to the act of eating and the sharing of recipes — are Nurvista’s entry point to exploring issues of economics, labour, politics, culture and gender. Her practice is also concerned with the intersection between food and commodities, and their relationship to colonialism, economic and political power, and status.

She runs Bakudapan, a food study group that undertakes community and research projects, and her social research forms the background of her individual projects, presented through mixed media installations, food workshops and group discussion.

Her previous installations use a range of materials from crystalline sugar sculptures to sacks of rice, often incorporating video or mural painting and an element of audience interaction.


May 13, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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RMIT Gallery
344 Swanston St
Melbourne, VIC Australia
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