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ASU's Deer Valley Rock Art Center and Performance in the Borderlands present "Edible Stories: From Desert Foods to Food Deserts" at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
"Edible Stories" is a vibrant evening of art, food, music and engaging conversation about food politics, environment and sustainability. Performers, farmers, social scientists, artists and ethnobotanists share personal stories, research and work that explore our complex relationship with what we eat.
This free event is produced in conjunction with the SMoCA exhibition "Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisle."
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 7374 E. 2nd St. in Scottsdale. "Edible Stories" will be held in the lounge.
Thomas “Tommy” Bleasdale – Bleasdale is a doctoral candidate in the Environmental Social Sciences program of ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Tommy’s research concentrates on the sociohistorical processes that have contributed to contemporary unjust food systems and on-the-ground reality of what community-based food movements face every day. Bleasdale grew up surrounded by farms and gardens and has been an avid gardener and home-cook all his life.
Matthew Moore – Phoenix artist Matthew Moore creates large site-specific earthworks on and around his family’s land, which highlight the grounds on which the urban and rural collide and compete. Moore also works with video and installation art, addressing issues of ecological, cultural and economical sustainability revealed through his artistic narrative regarding the potential loss of the romanticized American farm. (www.urbanplough.com)
Desert Art Lab (Matthew Garcia and April Bojorquez, ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change doctoral student) – Based in the Sonoran Desert city of Phoenix, D.A.L is a community initiative dedicated to a civic art practice that explores how connections between ecology, culture and community shape our understanding of where we are and who we are. (www.desertartlab.com)
Royce Manuel (Presenter) – Royce, who is Akimel O'odham, is an ethnobotanist and artist who provides cultural education with the tribal community of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Royce focuses on indigenous desert foods, medicine and traditional knowledge.
Tomas Stanton (Poet/Performer) – Tomas is the co-founder of Phonetic Spit, Phoenix’s largest youth poetry ensemble. He is a teaching artist with Mesa Center for the Arts and has worked across the state with youth, using spoken word poetry to make student’s voices heard.
Kate Saunders (Poet/Performer) – Kate fuses poetry, dance and hip hop to create short performances that grapple with socially relevant themes.
Michelle Ponce – Ponce is a visual and performance artist, poet and entrepreneur. She produces event and cultural celebrations by and for the community. She is the executive director of Ziindi: Modern Indigenous Art Zine and Publication, and co-curator of 1Spot Gallery in downtown Phoenix. Michelle is also the owner and chef of Sana Pueblo Food Creation, where she promotes healing through locally sourced, organic ingredients.
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