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(and yes) the food is already a work of art

It can also be “art as food”, suggests titles Diana Aisenberg, a woman who, as the writer María Gainza defined her, can hang pictures in composition with armchairs, vases and teapots and, at the same time, problematize “with insidious candour” the rules of art etiquette. That’s what it’s about.

References to art are everywhere. The name that gives life to the project is Artists Kiosk (KDA) and the slogan reads beautifully suspended on a theoretical basis: “If artists were flowers, KDA would be a garden.”

If life is about the small details, it is better to observe the eyes of the tuned aubergine. They tell us: eggplant is like meat for vegetarians. The genres are becoming more and more blurred. It could have occurred to Marta Minujín. But not.

Diana Aisenberg: "Yes, there are food artists."  Photo Lucia

Diana Aisenberg: “Yes, there are food artists.” Photo Lucia

-Are there food artists?

-Exactly, a while ago. The artists make events, they include part of the population. The art product as something still is questioned. A painting, a sculpture on a base, those things that are in museums…

Still lifes were always painted in the History of Art, especially since the 16th century, when vegetables and fruit appeared as a genre and motif in art. That’s when fruits and vegetables become a reason to paint.

An artist with a long career

Inside of the sceneDiana Aisenberg is a generation older than Marta. We are talking, however, of 40 years of experience.

-But Marta is better known…



-There are a lot of artists like me, more or less known. There are others who are more lighthearted. And there are, as always, the “cult” ones. I am known for my career and for my school, where many well-known artists came from. Good artists, workers, serious…


-And, yes, they made a career as artists. Do I give you names? They live from art, but there are many ways to live from art. There is a circuit which is the circuit mainstreambut there are plenty of possibilities to make a living from art without being in that circuit.

Food as a problem

About the greengrocers KDA operates as a response to the crisis. Aisenberg talks about going out accompanied. Winning the street is a form of militancy. She says that they made dozens of interventions: exhibitions in freight (“circulation of works”), inaugurations of cultural centers, kermeses. They occupied entire houses offering artists’ products and services.

The greengrocer appears because the food –and not only she says it- “is a problem”.

-How close is the artist to social consciousness?

-The social conscience of the young artist is permanent and translates into concern and material: the state of the Earth, the products, making food! This is a theme of humanity rather than art.

"This is adding a cultural invasion to a commercial space," say the members of the Kiosco de Artistas (KDA) collective.

“This is adding a cultural invasion to a commercial space,” say the members of the Kiosco de Artistas (KDA) collective.

When we imagine that this can be colored by your child, or when we get a little nervous to the point of not paying attention, there, right there, at that moment, let’s think – as I would say Mary Gainza– that the ornamental in Aisenberg should make us think twice the next time it occurs to us to underestimate something as “decorative”.

kami koni is a student-artist of Diana. Like Francisca Amigo or Dana Ferrari, she is part of the project: “Chatting with a vegetable cooperative in Bartolomé Miter and Ayacucho, we came up with the idea of ​​proposing the event. I personally took care of that”, she warns about what is called “Living still life”.

The idea: “add a cultural invasion to a commercial space”. How did they do the entre? “Easy, they recovered, they loved the installation issue. We exchanged opinions on how to blend in with the space using sounds and taking the concept of Still lifewhich is something that is repeated a lot in the history of art, like painting apples, but giving them life.

-Are decorated fruits and vegetables sold?

-No, but they could. It is a good idea…

Diana’s proposal is delusional and subversive. She delirious, because she paints vegetables without worrying too much about the “canvas” in turn. Subversive because, underneath the naivety, you discover something more than a child making faces.

-Diana, what does an artist do when he doesn’t make art?

Installation in a local in the Monserrat neighborhood.

Installation in a local in the Monserrat neighborhood.

-Things that interest him and then they go into his works. The limits of art are blurred and must be redefined. The market, the idea of ​​beauty, everything is very down. But the artist’s urgency remains. The alienation is total. There are no limits because there is no trust and because resources are running out.

Nobody cares about the beauty ideals of the 15th century. There is internet, there are cell phones, the artist is no longer what he was…

-Why should the beauty of the 15th century interest?

-It does not have to interest, but there are concepts: the galleries are closing, in times of crisis nothing is sold. There is a movement towards digital products, there is a whole questioning of the market from the United States. You no longer know very well where to grow.

– Paintings are not sold?

Diana Aisenberg in her workshop-school.  "The market, the idea of ​​beauty, everything is very down."  Photo Lucia Merle

Diana Aisenberg in her workshop-school. “The market, the idea of ​​beauty, everything is very down.” Photo Lucia Merle

-Sales dropped a lot and emerging artists live in a state of mutation. It is very difficult to survive, there is less and less support from the State and When there is a crisis, the first thing that closes is the Culture. Curiously, with the sadness and the gloomy panoramas, the artists appear. Art is an urge of the soul. There was a time when it was a promise to be an artist…

One fine day, the group gets together and decides that it is time to canonize raw materials. They go to a grocery store in the Monserrat neighborhood. Aisenberg will say “installation” because they go and literally install themselves.

-“Hello, we come to decorate tangerines”. Something like that?

-No, the idea was not just alone. In the proposal we also do fairs on the sidewalk, talks about cooperatives, they teach how they work, they learn to make homemade sweets. It consists of materializing the possibilities that arise from the crisis. Pumpkin soaps, cakes…

-The artist needs to make cakes…

-Visual art joined with cooking, with theater. And that happens because the problem of art and life never stops.


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