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86’d and MMMMM…Gendai Kitchen presents,


Alongside the launch of Trafficking, an art multiple by Ed Pien
Curated by Su-Ying Lee

Monday, November 21, 8pm
The Drake Hotel, Drake Lounge
FREE tasting


ALL OUR FLOURISHING IS MUTUAL(1) is a work by Diane Borsato created for MMMMM...Gendai Kitchen and part of 86’d, a series of Monday night tasting events at the Drake Hotel organized by chef Ivy Knight.

Five Toronto chefs and five Toronto-area beekeepers will share bread and honey at the Drake Hotel.

Taste honey made on the Toronto Islands, in Scarborough, Little Italy, Pearson Airport, right downtown and more - including some 905 honey made by the bees in the apiary of artist Diane Borsato and her father Mario Borsato.

Meet the chefs and talk to the beekeepers about their urban apiaries.

The event will also launch artist Ed Pien’s art multiple Trafficking, an edition of secrete, hand-embroidered pouches for seeds collected during one’s travels. Trafficking is the second art multiple available as part of MMMMM…Gendai Kitchen’s subscription service.

Kuldip Jassal: Pearson Airport honey
Melanie Coates: Royal York Hotel rooftop honey
Brian Hamlin: Honey from all over, Portlands, Little Italy, Toronto Islands
Tom Nolan and Sonja Rojas: Scarborough Bluffs honey
Mario Borsato and Diane Borsato: Mississauga, Credit River valley honey

Wayne Morris (head chef/co-owner), Boralia
Matt Duffy (bread baker), independent (formerly Cafe Boulud)
Merrin McHugh, Actinolite
Lesley Georgee (chef/owner), OMG Baked Goodness
Dave Mattachioni (chef/owner), Mattachioni


Secreted across borders by those who can’t imagine life ahead without them, seeds and plant cuttings hold a promise to convey a taste of “home”. Plants migrate around the globe through natural processes and human intervention. Ed Pien’s Trafficking pouches have been conceived of to facilitate the journey. Trafficking directly references stories of Chinese migrants and refugees who would sew hidden compartments into their clothing to conceal valuables.

Countless varieties of edible plants rely on the transcendence of elements to become fruitful—seeds, pollinators, and a vehicle such as wind, animal, or human intercession. The taste of home carried through honey or food plants are in reality, a taste of home-makers and cooks. This is because, around the world, our food-systems are largely globalized. Meanwhile, our demand for the crops that we have come to think of as native may be the source of impending crisis. Hive colony collapse disorder and the epidemic of bee deaths in recent years, are thought to be caused by migratory bee keeping: the moving of colonies from one locality to another to create more honey flows and to pollinate orchards and fields. This practice is seen to transmit disease among bees. Ed Pien and Diane Borsato both tap into our profound attachment to certain foods and the comfort they bring all the while, complicating our desires for modern agricultural practices and human agency.


Initiated by Gendai Gallery, MMMMM…Gendai Kitchen is a food-art subscription service that delivers culinary-themed art multiples to your kitchens and stomachs. With food-inspired artist multiples, responsive performances, and critical texts, the program unfolds over the course of this four-season cycle, with one artist multiple delivery and corresponding opening event each season. The project weaves together five “M's” —Mapping, Myth, Mobility, Magic, and Migration—as maxims for a deeper, complicated and historical engagement with contemporary food politics, economy, and place.

Gendai Kitchen launched this past summer with a multiple by Myung-Sun Kim and an event with Lisa Myers. Following the Fall release of Ed Pien’s multiple, a Winter multiple will be produced by Mitchell Akiyama accompanied by an event cooked up by Stuart Sakai. The program will conclude in Spring of 2017 with a multiple by Karen Tam and event with Leslie Loksi Chan.

The works of Ed Pien, Myung-Sun Kim, Mitchell Akiyama, and Karen Tam can be yours for only $250! Subscribe here at


Diane Borsato has established an international reputation for her social and interventionist practices, performance, video, photography, and sculpture. She was twice nominated for the Sobey Art Award and was winner of the Victor Martyn-Lynch Staunton Award for her work in the Inter-Arts category from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has exhibited and performed at major Canadian institutions including the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant, the Art Gallery of York University, MOCCA (Toronto), the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Art Centre (Ottawa), and in galleries and museums in the US, France, Mexico, Taiwan and Japan. She holds an MFA from Concordia University and an MA in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She is currently Associate Professor in Studio Arts at the University in Guelph where she has taught advanced courses in that explore the relationships between art and everyday life, including Food and Art, Special Topics on Walking, OUTDOOR SCHOOL and Live Art.

Ed Pien has shown work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Goethe Institute, Berlin; The Drawing Center, NYC; the AGO; Oboro, Montreal; Macintosh Gallery, London; The Bluecoat, Liverpool; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; the Musée des beaux arts and Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal; Songzhuang Art Centre, Beijing, and the National Art Gallery of Canada. He has participated in Oh Canada, at MASS MoCA, as well as the Sydney, Moscow and Beijing Biennales in recent years. Pien teaches part-time at the University of Toronto and has just completed a two-year Visiting Artist teaching position at Concordia University. He is represented by Birch Contemporary,Toronto, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montreal, and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague.

Su-Ying Lee is an independent curator whose projects often take place outside of the traditional gallery platform. Lee is interested in employing the role of curator as a co-conspirator, accomplice and active agent. She has also worked institutionally, including positions as Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) and Art Gallery of Mississauga, and Curator-in-Residence at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. Recent projects include How To Make Space (co-curated with Jennifer Davis) presented by apexart's Franchise Program in Hong Kong (June 2016); Céline Condorelli’s (UK) The Company We Keep (2013-2014), an installation at the University of Toronto’s Hart House; and Your Disease, Our Delicacy (cuitlachoche), a year long (2012-2013) residency and garden installation at Hart House by Ron Benner (CA). The project Video Store, begun in 2010 (co-curated with Suzanne Carte), has toured across Canada giving audiences unprecedented access to artists’ videos requesting only a pay-what-you-want ‘rental’ fee. Lee’s exhibition titled TBD (Sep 6-Oct 26, 2014), at MOCCA, was begun as an inquiry into the definition of a museum/contemporary art gallery.

Special thanks to Ivy Knight, Carlos Yep, Mark Savoia


[1] Title adapted from a sentiment by Robin Wall-Kimmerer in Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.





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