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Derya Akay: Mantı, Börek, Baklava

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Derya Akay. Mantı, Börek, Baklava. Vancouver: Contemporary Art Gallery, 2017. Artist book.

In the spring of 2017, Derya Akay collaborated with community organisations and women elders from a range of cultural backgrounds to explore and share local and diasporic culinary traditions. Over the course of a four month-long residency, a series of workshops and the resulting meals were offered to the public at the Contemporary Art Gallery’s Burrard Marina Field House and off-site locations.

This publication culminates Akay’s 2017 residency, featuring six recipes that the artist and women elders shared together throughout the project.


Derya Akay (b. 1988) is an artist living in Vancouver. Select solo exhibitions include with bread,, Campbell River Art Gallery, 2017; Pumice, Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles, 2017; Painting with Light, Kunstverein Toronto, 2015; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Supper, Centre A, Vancouver, 2014. Recent group exhibitions include The Lulennial II: A Low-Hanging Fruit, Lulu, Mexico City, 2018; Nature's Way, Cooper Cole, Toronto, 2017; HERE, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, 2017; Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2016. He recently completed the project Mantı, Börek, Baklava at the Burrard Marina Field House Residency, hosted by the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver). For this project Akay worked with elder women with immigrant backgrounds to host a series of cooking workshops and lunches open to the public.

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