Loteria, Tate Modern event September 2013
Margareta Kern and Teresa Cisneros
Loteria

Teresa Cisneros in collaboration with Margareta Kern present ¡Lotería!, a one-night culinary intervention in Meschac Gaba’s Museum Restaurant.

The event explores the economy of food through conversation, research and play, taking inspiration from Lotería, a popular Mexican game of chance similar to bingo but using images instead of numbers. Working with Tate staff, curator Teresa Cisneros and artist Margareta Kern prepare a delicious Mexican meal and invite dinner guests to play their version of Lotería. Their game will map the often invisible and speculative economy of food and its inequitable impact on the daily lives of people worldwide in a convivial setting, in keeping with the spirit of Gaba’s playful yet thought-provoking project. There will be especially themed prizes, which they are keeping a surprise. A mix of music will be played through the evening, spanning from contemporary Norteño/Cumbia and Corrido to obscure Fifities Yugoslav Mexican tracks.

Artist biographies

Teresa Cisneros and Margareta Kern collaborated on a series of events, titled terms & conditions, as part of Iniva’s Art & Economies programme at Rivington Place, 2011.

Teresa Cisneros (born 1974 Eagles Pass, Mexico/USA) has worked in contemporary visual arts for over 15 years with people of all ages through formal and informal education settings and in gallery spaces.  She has worked both in the USA and UK utilising contemporary art to explore everyday politics and concerns. Through her work she collaborates with artists and non-artists to develop conversations exploring a variety of contemporary concerns. She is currently Education Curator with Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts). In 2012, she set up Los Pastelitos, a Mexican bakery in East London.

Margareta Kern (born 1974 Croatia/ Bosnia-Herzegovina) has a BA in Fine Art from GoldsmithsCollege and MA in Visual Anthropology from UCL, and lives and works in London. Kern works in photography, film and animation exploring gender, labour, migration and political subjectivities. Grants and awards include Arts Council England, British Film Institute, National Media Museum, Leverhulme Trust and she has exhibited at Impressions Gallery, Iniva, Tate Modern, The Photographers Gallery, SC Galerija Zagreb and Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest.

Event timings:

18.30 Private view of Meschac Gaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art
19.30 Dinner in Starr Auditorium Foyer, Level 1
22.00 Conclusion

The dinner consists of at least three courses. A vegetarian option is available. Please advise on booking. Menus are available online three weeks prior to the event

This event is related to the exhibition Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art