Hayy Arts opens with an exhibition in collaboration with Delfina Foundation. ‘Staple: What’s on your plate?’ brings together 21 artworks and seven new research-based commissions emerging from ‘the food lab’ and drawing upon the two institutions’ long-standing interest in food futures and the eco-social entanglements of food.
Everyone eats. Food can unite, delight or disgust. ‘Staple: What’s on your plate?’ invites you to explore some of the hidden stories of the food we consume everyday.
Situated across Hayy Jameel’s first floor is a series of large-scale, immersive light installations on tour and adapted from the inaugural 2021 Noor Riyadh festival organised by Riyadh Art. ‘Illuminate: A Noor Riyadh Capsule’ brings together works by 11 major Saudi artists who have contributed significantly to furthering the technical and social practice of art-making in the Kingdom and wider region.
Led by food researcher, writer and filmmaker Salma Serry, this series of workshops looks into the unique voice of Jeddah’s food culture as materialised in family recipes, generational cookbooks and ephemera, as well as the collective cultural appreciation for the act and ritual of convening and cooking.
2020 marked the first edition of the Hayy Learning Curatorial Fellowship, a yearlong programme supporting research and practice-based modes of exhibition-making. Following a rigorous nomination, adjudication and interview process, three fellows with a wide range of interests and expertise were thoughtfully selected: Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Tara Emad Al-Dughaither and Wejdan Reda.
As part of Hayy Arts opening exhibition, ‘Staple: What’s on your plate?’ Hayy is also introducing an activity-packed learning kit, which playfully narrates the exhibition for young learners. Illustrated by Radish House artist, Ge Park, and developed by our learning team, the learning kit encourages readers to foster a conscientious relationship with food and consider the many themes explored within ‘Staple’.