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Custom made wooden drawer with acrylic cover
Each with different photographs, a book and a metal stencil with felt insert
Ca. 49,5 x 40,5 x 5,4 cm
Signed, numbered and stamped certificate
Edition of 20
Published by H. M. Klosterfelde Edition

Throughout his artistic work—especially in his famous cooking interventions—Rirkrit Tiravanija creates social situations that, in his words, attempt to “bridge the chasm between subject and object in Western thought.” He often uses his work to deconstruct the dichotomy between production and consumption, at once playful and analytical in his reflection on the history and purpose of art.

The cookbook “How to cook a Wolf” (1942) by American writer M.F.K. Fisher (1908 – 1991) is the basis of this edition. Fisher´s volume is a collection of recipes for simple and inexpensive meals, e.g., potato soup, omelette, or onion soup, published during the Second World War. Rirkrit Tiravanija presents twenty dishes from the cookbook that pose little burden for households affected by a crisis. For each recipe, a copy of Fisher´s book (still available in stores) lies on a reflective, stainless steel stencil spelling our the inviting words, “How to Cook a Wolf”. Also included are photographs of the artist cooking each dish. The books themselves often show signs of use, flecks and spatters left over from cooking. These ensembles lie in twenty drawers built to replicate the drawers of the 18th-century cabinet walls lining two sides of Klosterfelde Edition, which was once a stationary shop. Thus, the edition also represents a spatial link between the past and the present.

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