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Panel Discussion: Hello Stranger by Christy Chan

Join us for a panel discussion with Christy Chan and Hello Stranger project participants!

Kelsie Kerr, Chef-Owner, Standard Fare
Amir Razavi, Owner, Middle East Market
Roshni Kavate, Lunch Participant
Christy Chan, Creator, Everybody Eats Lunch

Panel Moderator: Kate Rhoades, Artist & Host of the Podcast Congratulations Pine Tree

Christy Chan’s project Everybody Eats Lunch pairs 32 East Bay residents for a one-on-one meal and conversation, with lunches donated by local restaurants. In a time when everyday conversations can feel difficult, this project brings strangers together based on an intentionally simple algorithm: food.

For the exhibition, Christy presents Hello Stranger an expansive installation with 220 posters, each representing a statement by one of the 32 lunch participants. The overall effect is a mix tape of both missed and made connections. This analog experiment is performed in the Bay Area, the birthplace of social media and recently at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. Gallery visitors are welcomed to enter the installation space and take a seat to activate an encounter.

Hello Stranger is brought to you by Kala Art Institute’s Print Public Residency Award, with an accompanying exhibition at Kala Gallery through July 13th.

Event Details

Date: June 24, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm

Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94710