For 6 weeks, Brown Butter filled the Agnes Etherington House’s 5 rooms with nearly 2 dozen new works by 13 artists. A stage of the “rehoming” year of projects as the Agnes shifted under the direction of Emelie Chhangur - Brown Butter played with concepts of hospitality and service in a home that expects servitude, offering viewers a challenging and contemplative space for exploring their reactions while using art to scrub away colonial grime. Brown Butter at its core was a ritual using the language of gastronomy - of food culture - to both break apart heavy narratives and to tell entirely new vibrant stories. Beginning with the resonant crack of a cascara-covered coconut and closing with blown clouds of rum, Agnes’ house was undeniably changed through the ritual use of food.
Brown Butter was presented with generous support of the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council of the Arts.