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Workshop, That Those Beings Be Not Being

Pastegh – Fruit Leather and Undulating Storytelling

Join us on Saturday 13 November for a fruit-full workshop led by Veronika Babayan. The workshop involves watching, listening, remembering, and using our hands together. There will be undulating, non-linear storytelling and readings by Veronika as well as cutting, cooking and drawing collectively. Participants will learn how fruit leather is made—also known in the Caucasus and Middle East as pastegh, pestil, lavashak, tklapi, amerdeen. Each person will be given their own small piece of pastegh (fruit leather) on which they can draw/write with edible ink. There is also the option to laser engrave symbols into your piece. If you prefer to laser engrave, we ask you to send a digital file to margarita@w139.nlbefore the 13th of November. Please read the file requirements below carefully. 

In Veronika Babayan’s installation Sour Counterfeits, the maternal Armenian tradition of fruit leather making is seen as a mnemonic device for cultural preservation. Sour Counterfeits pulls from a larger collective memory, serving as a vessel through which deracinated testimonials of trans-generational trauma circulate beyond territory, language and citizenship.

Photography by Elodie Vreeburg.