Witch’s Kitchen Presents: Shana Lutker in Conversation with Home Cooking

Witch’s Kitchen: Part One presents a series of online events hosted by Shana, taking up themes and strategies put in play by Valeska Gert. For the third event of Witch’s Kitchen: Part 1, Shana talks with three of the organizers of Home Cooking: Prem Krishnamurthy, Asad Raza, and Marianna Simnett. Home Cooking is a digital artist-run space started in March 2020 featuring activities, movement, music, poetry, video, and more. In the early days of the pandemic lockdown, Home Cooking sparked from an impulse to do something, and the result was a space online where culture and art happened, across time zones and borders. One year later, the resulting archive includes contributions from over 60 artists and curators.

Hosted by Shana Lutker, the conversation with the Berlin-based organizers contemplates the beginnings, middle, and current state of the collective effort. The group discusses their collective’s ethos; the transformative power of a walk through wild fennel in Algeria; the gifts of both synchronous and asynchronous conversations; the need for ethics and equity between artists and institutions; and more.

Followed by a Q&A and Toast

About the Artists

Home Cooking
Image is of a Zoom conversation between Shana Lutker and the Home Cooking team. They are in motion with their faces obscured by a text on the screen that reads “-ness suggests that there’s pleasure in the irregular, in what’s not already expected or familiar. 
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Shana Lutker
Shana Lutker is a Los Angeles-based artist. Shaped by the archives of psychoanalysis and surrealism, her interdisciplinary work in sculpture, performance, writing, and installation foregrounds an unstable relationship between subjects, memory, and history. Recent exhibitions include Current LA:FOOD, the LA public art triennial; Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her...
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About the Series

Witch’s Kitchen is a two part roving cabaret of conversations, screenings, performances, and culinary experiments. Organized by artist Shana Lutker in conjunction with The Feminist Art Coalition, Witch’s Kitchen expands on the generative intersection of performance, exile, and communal nourishment through the legacy of performer Valeska Gert (1892-1978).


This program was made possible in part through the generous support of the Active Cultures Board of Directors; Founders Circle members Mehran and Laila Taslimi; and the Wilhelm Family Foundation.

Event Details

DATE: March 20, 2021



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