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The Power of the Shared Meal: Presentation and Panel Discussion with April Gertler and Yasaman Owrang

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7 PM

Online with Facebook Live

Tankstation will be hosting a presentation of April Gertler followed by a panel discussion between Yasaman Owrang, the director of Tankstation, and April Gertler moderated by Sam Samiee. April Gertler's multidisciplinary art practice takes social interaction as a constant vessel in her work with its multifaceted relations to the audience, everyday life, history, and community-making. In the wake of deep questions imposed on us all due to lockdowns and the interruption of the ongoing community-oriented activities, we decided to ask April to survey her projects for us and to engage in a conversation with Yasaman Owrang, who within the context of Tankstation has made artistic and cultural events constellations possible around the diner and the kitchen at Tankstation. The two have diverse experiences and stories that will bring us to the long parallel histories of apple tart, gatherings, running a kitchen for the community, and reflections of those activities in the time of cyber-community making.

April Gertler is an American multidisciplinary artist who has been living and working in Berlin, Germany, since 2005. April's work is social practice-based and is realized through lecture-performance, self-published artist books, social-sculpture, and artist walks. She moves fluidly between artistic practice, curatorial production, and pedagogy. While she is currently developing a new project space called WIRWIR in Berlin with her partner Adrian Schiesser, she also continues to work on a variety of other projects, which include; IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS (a series of interactive artist walks), started in 2013, SONNTAG (a project space existing in other people's living rooms on a Sunday afternoon) in collaboration with Adrian Schiesser, started in 2012; and TAKE THE CAKE (a lecture-performance baking series), started in 2015. An overarching theme within her practice is creating spaces for dialoguing and exchange through diverse methods. Although the Pandemic has wedged a space bar into her practice, she is finding new ways to approach the concept of exchange through online platforms and simply through windows in her flat. April also is the Founding Director of PICTURE BERLIN, an artist residency and peer-to-peer exchange program which she started in 2009 and has been an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Bard College Berlin since 2016.

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