Operation Marmalade (Perry Bard)

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Date/Time: 24/07/2003 12:00 am

12 JUNE – JULY 31
On view until July 31 at the Unicef space in Seville, a charming
Andalusian style house that holds contemporary and international art
projects, OPERATION MARMALADE:STRATEGIC CUISINE FOR CULTURAL INDIGESTION is the most recent installation by New York based artist Perry Bard. The intimacy of the kitchen meets the military in this exhibition comprised of wallpaper, photos, video and a cooking performance. Together these diverse elements enhance the artistic discussion on contemporary political issues while addressing local culture as Bard has done in prior works such as The Terminal Salon, presented in the Staten Island Ferry Terminal Building, New York.
Marmalade, as the artist explains, is a collaboration of cultures. Arabs in the south of Spain grew Seville oranges for the medicinal properties of their skin. Spain shipped those oranges to the UK where James Keillor, a grocer in Dundee Scotland bought a bargain load which he was unable to sell because of their bitter taste. His wife chopped them up skin included and made preserves which she called marmalade. This product identified by the strips of peel in the jam is now appreciated worldwide, the astringent in the skin is said to help digestion. Operation Marmalade is the first phase in recuperating the equilibrium necessary to be a global community.
Using Seville oranges the artist has prepared marmalade in the gallery to
serve at the opening. A wallpaper design with images of artifacts missing
from the Baghdad Museum covers a Moorish column. It’s backdrop is a
performative video with simmering marmalade. Photos of a demonstration in
New York and its repression fill a second space, her marmalade labels
and flyers cover the streets of Seville in this project whose utopian
vision aspires to a new democratic order.
The present exhibition is a growing proposal. It was initiated in New
York at Art During Wartime , an exhibition organized by Marc Lepson and
Dread Scott at Itin Space. That exhibition was a satellite of Operation
How Now Wow organized by Sixteen Beaver.
Perry Bard is an artist who works with electronic media and lives in New
York. Her recent public video installations are site specific and address
cultural history and memory often involving local community members in
the production process. She has created work for the Staten Island Ferry
Terminal Building in New York, a JVC Video store in Sofia, Bulgaria, the
Hotel Cristal in Bialystok Poland, Market Square in Middlesbrough, UK.
She has exhibited at PS 1 Museum, the Frac des Pays de la Loire, MOCA
Georgia, the Southeast Museum of Photography. Her single channel works
which often combine food and politics have been screened at the Reina
Sofia Museum Madrid, Cinema Rex Belgrade, Ostrannenie Electronic Media
Forum, Dessau.