Martinka Bobrikova (Slovakia) and Oscar de Carmen (Spain) are a nomadic artist duo since 2005 and graduates from Malmö Art Academy, Sweden and the University of La Laguna, Spain. The duo explains,
“Our artistic work lies between art and civic activism and it is related to individual and collective identity in connection with the current system of consumption in our society. What we pursue in our projects is work from the inside and the outside of the institutional space as well as to walk between the private space and the public space. We conduct a carefully detailed process of modernization experienced by both of us in different cultures and we research the utopian, the transitory that has been determining our different identities ever since. Within the collective memory, we aim to reconfigure a space leading to the reflection of the current systems of capitalism and consumption, using collective reconstructions of our social and cultural identity to reshape our personal identity.
One of the long-term projects, we just started, is Kitchen Dialogues. This project focuses on visualization of the issues of excess intake through consuming food in a kitchen. Other aspects of the project will center on research of socialization in a kitchen, as well as through its ability to generate new social ecosystems. The goal is to present the project in the various spaces where food is eaten – like a kitchen, creating hybrid spaces that are based on the different shaft like a domestic kitchen found in a common household and industrial kitchen in a real restaurant.”
For the lecture at Open Forum Bobrikova and de Carmen decided to bring Kitchen Dialogues into Kunstnernes Hus and to initiate a discussion and present their practice through sharing a meal together.