Coming up at Inverness County Centre for the Arts

Handmade Pasta Workshop with Tonia di Risio Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1-3pm. Free, but places must be reserved

Handmade Pasta Supper Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6pm. Free, but places must be reserved

Handmade Pasta Workshop with Tonia di Risio Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1-3pm. Free, but places must be reserved
The Inverness County Centre for the Arts, in collaboration with Lumiere Cape Breton, is delighted to welcome Canadian multimedia artist Tonia di Risio for a free pasta-making workshop followed by a free community pasta dinner.

This workshop and supper is part of a series in which Di Risio has invited the public to learn to make pasta and share family-style suppers held in church basements, dive bars, and artist-run centres. These performative events have become an on-going part of her practice, and have ranged from large, organized workshop dinners to intimate and collaborative cooking sessions in the homes of near strangers.

Di Risio, who is based in southern Ontario, often investigates gender and domesticity in relation to cooking, cleaning, and interior decoration. With the prevalence of cookbooks, food blogs, culinary magazines and celebrity chefs, she has observed a growing preoccupation with the consumption of food. In this workshop Di Risio is not so much presenting a definitive way to prepare pasta but rather engaging people in intensive discussions and activities about food.
Di Risio notes that food can act as a bridge between diverse communities. Through shared making and eating a new community can be formed, even if temporarily. Conversations between strangers begin easily when hands are engaged in kneading and turning out piles of spaghetti. Stories are shared over a pot of boiling pasta and introductions made while clearing stacks of dishes. Through these experiences of learning and storytelling, making and eating, a heritage that is rooted in another continent opens up to an east coast community, creating a shared sense of history and highlighting the complexities of Canadian culture.

In 2006, Di Risio travelled to a small village in Abruzzo, Italy, where her paternal family is from, in order to document her female relatives cooking in their kitchens. For Di Risio, this meant closing a gap between generations of knowledge, distanced by both time and geography. For her community back in Halifax, Di Risio’s work brought insights, visual pleasures, and an understanding of some of the cultural nuances in the relationships between food and community.
In the documentation Di Risio captures ways of knowing and working that come from the body  that can be understood through tactility, touch, and the work of the hands.  The recipes are not written down—cannot be written down. Words, written or verbal, simply won’t communicate the knowledge necessary to make the dishes.

At the core of this work is the transmission of knowledge by making and doing. The work exists at the intersection of art and life, performance and food. It also acts as a bridge between cultures, geographies, generations, and local community groups.

Handmade Pasta Workshop and Supper is part of a wider Food/Communities Project coordinated in partnership between the Inverness County Centre for the Arts, CBU’s Cooperative Study Club and Lumière as a way to address issues around food security and community building.
Multimedia artist, Tonia Di Risio has exhibited across Canada. She is a member of the Red Head Gallery and part of Alchemy, an artist residency devoted to exploring the synergy between art and cooking. A resident of Halifax for 15 years, Di Risio relocated to Ontario in 2012.
Presented by Lumière Cape Breton.
All ingredients and equipment are provided, but if you have a pasta roller, please bring it along.

Handmade Pasta Workshop will be held from 1:00-3:00PM.

Workshop is free but space is limited.

Contact info@lumierecb.com

or the art centre 902-258-2533 to register.

Handmade Pasta Supper Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6pm. Free, but places must be reserved
Community supper follows the handmade pasta workshop. Supper is at 6pm and is free, but spaces are limited.

Contact info@lumierecb.com

or the art centre 902-258-2533 to register.

All are welcome.
Presented by Lumière Cape Breton.

For more information:
Inverness County Centre for the Arts
16080 Highway 19, PO Box 709, Inverness, NS B0E 1N0
902-258- 2533
info@invernessart.com
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Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.

Admission is free but donations are appreciated.