La table (The Table) is the portrait of a dining room in the form of an album of souvenirs, like a "scrapbook" where bits of moments spent together around the table as a family are superimposed. This work was exhibited at Pizz-art, a small pizzeria in Paris, France.
My French grandparents live in New York, in the Bronx, whereas my mother lives in Los Angeles with my brother, and I live in Paris, France. Rare are the occasions for our family to share a meal together around the table designed and built by my great grandfather, at the center of my grandmother's dining room.
In December of 2019, I went back to New York and we spent Christmas together, in this space that my grandmother devotes a lot of her time to. She likes to say that she doesn't really use recipes, nevertheless, she prepares her dishes meticulously, planning weeks in advance her grocery list and roaming the city with determination, in the search for the necessary ingredients. Over the years, the menu changes here or there, but the dishes always evoke in us the souvenirs of previous family dinners, leading us to tell anew the same stories of our family and our ancestors. By sharing these dishes, we also create new memories.
It is during this Christmas moment that I grasped the importance of this dining-room space, for my grandmother but also for our composite, French-American family, living on both sides of the world.
FRAMEWORK exhibition at Pizz-art
DATE 09/2020 - 12/2020
© 2020 Chloé Macary-Carney