Melting Pots (Part 2)

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Found Photograph from Windows on the World, New York, Date unknown © Courtesy of Rokeby
Melting Pots (Part 2)

16 Rosebery Avenue
London EC1R 4TD
United Kingdom
July 6th, 2011 - July 22nd, 2011
Opening: July 6th, 2011 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

city, barbican
+44 20 7193 5034
Wed-Fri 12-5 and by appointment
installation, performance


The second part of Raul Ortega Ayala's exhibition, is devoted to Melting Pot’s a major installation which launches with an event on the evening of 06 July 2011.

For Melting Pot’s the artist carefully recreates a buffet that was served in Windows on the World, the famous restaurant on top of one of New York’s Twin Towers. In each manifestation the buffet is created in close collaboration with chef’s who interpret a found photograph of a buffet served in the restaurant which stood on top of the World Trade Centre. For the performance and installation at the gallery Ortega Ayala has worked with celebrated London chef, Clive Greenhalgh of The Ambassador.

Ortega Ayala serves food to participants on kitchenware that was potentially made from the recycled metal debris of the towers to investigate the paradoxical cycle of these remains. Through extensive research, that typifies the artists working practice, Ortega Ayala discovered in early 2002 that scrap metal from the Twin Towers was being shipped to India to be made into cooking ware, amongst other things. Illustrating a fiction based on documented facts, the installation includes found images, news clippings, maps, a postcard, souvenirs and a video of the pots being made in India alongside the actual pots, pans and serving dishes and a reconstruction of the buffet as seen in the found photograph.

After the performance on the evening of 6 July the artist leaves the remains of the buffet as part of the exhibition, which continues till 22 July.

Melting Pot’s is the second part of an exhibition by Mexican born and based artist Raul Ortega Ayala. Part I of the exhibition runs till 25 June and includes work from the artists ongoing food series which includes a video installation, text based works, field notes and interventions.

Performance: 06.07.2011, 18.30 – 21.00

Raul Ortega Ayala lives and works in Mexico City. Last year the artist had a solo exhibition at The Kowalsky Gallery, London, curated by Gilane Tawadros and selected by Francis Alÿs. Work from the food series was included in At Your Service curated by Cylena Simonds at the David Roberts Foundation in 2009, including Last Supper, a performance work in which Ortega Ayala meticulously recreates the 'original' meal served during the Last Supper.