Commons Kitchen: Solidarity Through Meals

Yogyakarta-based artist Elia Nurvista is interested in examining the social implications of food production – how food is produced, distributed, and consumed. The Web Residency project Commons Kitchen: Solidarity Through Meals documents her latest collaboration: During the Jogja Biennale Equator #6 2021, Nurvista, her Bakudapan study group Dapur Umum 56 (Public Kitchen), and many other local initiatives talked about food scarcity, food security, solidarity among precarious people, redistribution, crisis, and so on.

Elia Nurvista / Yogyakarta, Indonesia — Aug 30, 2021

Elia Nurvista, Hunger, Inc.: Solidarity Through Meals, 2021. Courtesy the artist.

For the Web Residency, Nurvista and Dapur Umum 56 share local knowledge on the strategies of livingin solidarity under limited conditions, in an online format. The project »Commons Kitchen« focuses on reflection, discussion, building discursive strategy, and strengthening the solidarity among people who live in precarious conditions.  

By sharing this knowledge, there will be a spark to the broader community around the globe to archiving their strategy and methods that can be learned from each other. »I believe that in many parts of the world which have become more capitalist, there are struggling communities that survive with knowledge, strategies, and contexts that are worthy of sharing. It will be more meaningful if the communities can provide mutual support to each other. This can be an open, sharing platform that anyone can take part in.«


Elia Nurvista is working both individually and collectively, with her focus being food. She is interested in examining the social implications of food production and to critically address wider socio-political issues. Within the Web Residency »Solidarity is a verb,« and also in the midst of a pandemic that hits the most vulnerable and precarious group in society, Elia wants to work about the strategy of food and solidarity which she built before with the underprivileged community and circulate it through a website. 

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