text by Louisa Behr
Between fire and fare: Kitchen tools appear as the tie between ingredients and a hearth in order to cook a meal. Some of them seem like they will always have their purpose and have always been in use throughout the past. Compared to archaeological finds from ancient times the shapes have barely changed – especially concerning the pan: the ancient pans, as well our contemporary ones, consisted of a so-called body, a base and a handle. In our current, rapidly changing times, it is hardly imaginable that there is an existing human-made object that stayed the same over decades. Obviously, the material changed, but the usage did not. Likewise, the pans on display in Ivan Murzin’s exhibition, vary in their shape, material and size. Is the artist suggesting different associations of an object that has hardly changed over thousands of years? Are there more objects essential to our daily life, like the pan, but don’t change unlike most phenomena in these rapidly changing times? Between fire and fare implies a reflection on relationships between us humans and these particular objects that accompany us daily, but which nevertheless remain largely unnoticed.