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December 1, 2021

Call for Submissions: Brown Butter

Brown Butter is a conversation between Black artists living and working in Canada that will be presented at Agnes Etherington Art Centre in the Etherington House, Kingston, Ontario. This multi-sensory, inter- and multi-disciplinary arts installation pairs Black chefs and artists to develop an edible installation and related artifact - an audio experience, functional sculpture in which the food is served, a short film or photo book to be viewed while consuming the installation. Speaking a variety of artistic languages to define Black expression, Brown Butter is a succulent environment created to challenge the viewer through an enveloping sensuality.

Over six weeks, Brown Butter’s team of artists will fill every capacity for human perception. Directly inhaling, imbibing, and ingesting these works, viewers of Brown Butter infuse their very cells with the intentions of the artists. These consumed works become building blocks of every human who experiences Brown Butter, making this a lifelong group performance.

Brown Butter is the first large-scale exhibition by Berlin Reed - an independent curator, author, and chef based outside of Tiohtià:Ke//Montréal. Raised near Seattle, Reed is inspired by his German and Southern U.S. roots and a passion for culinary and agrarian traditions. His work explores expressions of Black and Queer* identities, celebrating the brilliant ingenuity held in both cultures as a form of decolonial resistance. Rooting into the language of gastronomy, in 2009, Reed began to establish himself by curating multi-dimensional pop-ups in artistic ecosystems from San Francisco to Brooklyn to Montreal - culminating in the 2013 publication of his memoir “The Ethical Butcher: How Thoughtful Eating Can Change Your World”. This nomadic chef's life led him from NYC to Montreal, where he married a Data Scientist, made a kid named after Stokely Carmicheal and Audre Lorde, and settled on a small piece of land by the river near Kahnawá:ke. 

Applications are open to Black & Indigenous artists living & working in Canada.

Deadline for submissions is December 1st at 11:59 PM