A conversation on ceremonies and traditions with artists Yemo Park and Filip Van Dingenen and researcher Mihnea Tănăsescu.
Chohakki (early 8th Century) written by Seogyeon in the Tang Dynasty says “Goryeo people feed seaweed to mothers after seeing that whales eat seaweed to heal postpartum wounds.”
Seaweed soup is the first food a Korean mother eats after giving birth. They celebrate the birth by eating seaweed soup on every birthday, paying a tribute to the mother’s love, parturition and childbearing.
During the residency at Frans Masereel Centrum with the Platform for Algae Diplomacy, Yemo Park created ‘Moyeokguk’, a booklet comprised of different seaweed soup recipes using risograph printing. For the exhibition ‘Tidal Zone Experiences’ Park presents a ceramic birthday soup stand, as a tribute to motherhoods. The soup vessel depicts a story of her mother and herself spotting a crane while talking a walk along the river. Her last grandmother reincarnated as crane, the three generations of woman find themselves on a circular trail that brings them back to where they began.
During the event Yemo will share the birthday soup in a conversation with Filip Van Dingenen and Mihnea Tanasescu on the protocols of an inclusive approach of ceremonial aspects and traditions.
19:00 – Conversation with Yemo Park, Filip Van Dingenen and Mihnea Tănăsescu
21:30 – End – the exhibition is open until 22:00
Participation is free but registration required.