20160302_142957_resizedSince the food-themed exhibition On The Table opened at the Dunlop Art Gallery at Central Library in late January the above-pictured mobile kitchen has been sitting in front of the gallery window.

The kitchen is the creation of Toronto-based Palestinian artist Basil AIZeri. He calls it the Mobile Kitchen Lab, and on Saturday March 19 he’ll be in Regina to do a durational performance at the gallery.

In past performances, AIZeri has cooked a meal in the gallery while patrons watch and interact with him. Sometimes, while he’s cooking he communicates with his mother via Skype.

At the end of the performance AIZeri shares the food with people in the gallery. Consistent with the broader themes of On The Table the performance relates to subjects such as the role food plays as an expression of cultural identity and social engagement.

AIZeri’s performance goes at the Dunlop on Saturday between 3-6 p.m. If you’d like to read more about AIZeri’s practice here’s a short article from late 2013.