by Jeni Hansen Gard
Partake Columbus is a project in shared eating. Spanning 33 days, the course of my master’s thesis exhibition, it brought together seven individuals from different neighborhoods throughout the city of Columbus, Ohio. Each individual was given a sharing set of dishes, a nestled set of ceramic dishes designed for two people. The participants committed to eating, drinking, and sharing a meal with someone each day for the duration of the exhibition.
Partake Columbus uses ceramic dishes to bring awareness to the connections that take place at the table, within the community, and in the city of Columbus, Ohio. The food, sharing sets, and daily experiences are documented on a group blog chronicling each individual’s journey. On February 17th, 2015, the group shared an inaugural meal together on their sharing set of dishes, meeting and breaking bread for the first time to mark the start of the project. The meal was prepared with all locally sourced food that was grown and produced in central Ohio. Ultimately, Partake Columbus is a reflection on our relationship to the food we eat and the people we share it with. To view the project, visit: partakecolumbus.wordpress.com.