|Date:||Wednesday, 22 January 2014|
|Times:||16:00 – Dumpling-making workshop
19:00 – Performance-lecture, tea, conversation, and dumpling tasting
|Suggested donations:||Towards workshop: £10
Towards lecture & tasting: £5
Both activities: £12
Guest artist Leone Contini makes art that plumbs the ironies and predicaments of Prato, Tuscany — one of the most stereotyped environs in contemporary Europe — where one-fifth of the population are factory workers from Zhejiang, China. These Chinese migrants have transformed local agriculture amid precarious conditions, de-controlling — and revitalizing — the idea of Tuscany. Contini will present recent work on displacement, transcultural horticulture, and imagining communities, as well as emblematic foodstuffs: Carmignano Jiaozi, an Italian ravioli with Chinese fillings, Hundred Flowers Tea, a Florentine Maoist concoction from the 1960s, and Pang Da Hai, a restorative tea favored by Zhejiangese in Prato. Discussant: Michael C. Vazquez.