2017 - continuous
The Politieke Keuken is a binding object and pinpoint which emerged in 2017 from Katie's Tafelgenoten project research. Initially intended as the key object of Tafelgenoten, the Politieke Keuken will now widen it's perspective to appear as an object, a character and a service in several of Katie's upcoming works.
The Politieke Keuken's first action was made in November 2017 at the CBK Groningen, whereby Katie exhibited as part of the Wildvang event having been nominated for the prestigious Hendrik de Vries Award.
Koloniale Proverij: uit de Politieke Keuken
Katie Ceekay | 2017
"A Dutch-Moroccan waiter immerses himself in the space;
His face is kind and open, he is charming and perceptive;
Dressed in black, he moves around the crowded room with a large golden tray, filled with carefully cut pieces of the koloniale proeverij;
The tray is filled with spekkoek;
The tray is filled with the historical, the objective, the subjective...;
The guests indulge in their little pieces of luxury, the precious symbolic layers instantly consumed in one quick bite.
The waiter speaks with his audience as they promptly sample these little tastes of free information, unknowingly now owing an ear in exchange - he has the right character and charm to open up the conversation. I chose him very carefully.
"What is your opinion of colonialism, and what do you know about the spekkoek?"
From there the magic of discourse ensues and I can leave the space somewhat satisfied... But still and always pissed at all of our ignorance"
3 large 16-layer spekkoeks, cooked traditionally, consisting of a total of 80 seperated eggs, each cake cooked layer by layer, 8 minutes per layer, over the course of 10 tightly schedule hours.
With special thanks to: Juan Zyad & Eva Elaine