Presented by Appetite, Mise en Place brings together the works of Mauricio Alejo, Lesley-Anne Cao, Chen Wei, Catherine Hu, Chayanin Kwangkaew, and Genevieve Leong. The exhibition takes Appetite’s own site as a starting point to explore the poetics of the everyday, subverting the familiar through humour and wit.
Originating in French cooking, ‘mise en place’ refers to gathering and putting things in their place. In the kitchen, it is the preparation work vital to be set-up for service; beyond the kitchen, it can be the setting of a scene or performing of rituals that prepares a space for action. As a site, Appetite’s conceptual design, interior settings, and social relationships are developed to emulate the home, or an extension of a friend’s home. Each object installed is taken as an active agent that contributes to narrating the site and building on its atmosphere of comfort and intimacy.
The disjunct between an object’s materiality and representation is a rich space for the artwork to enter and offer interpretative frameworks. In Mise en Place, the artworks explore this disjunct and challenge our expectations of objects and the environments they inhabit.
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Venue: Appetite, 72A Amoy Street, Singapore 069891
When: 31 Aug - 31 Dec 2022, Tuesday – Saturday