Brown Butter is the first large-scale exhibition by Berlin Reed - an independent curator, author, and chef based outside of Tiohtià:Ke//Montréal. Raised near Seattle, Reed is inspired by his German and Southern U.S. roots and a passion for culinary and agrarian traditions. His work explores expressions of Black and Queer* identities, celebrating the brilliant ingenuity held in both cultures as a form of decolonial resistance. Rooting into the language of gastronomy, in 2009, Reed began to establish himself by curating multi-dimensional pop-ups in artistic ecosystems from San Francisco to Brooklyn to Montreal - culminating in the 2013 publication of his memoir “The Ethical Butcher: How Thoughtful Eating Can Change Your World”. This nomadic chef's life led him from NYC to Montreal, where he married a Data Scientist, made a kid named after Stokely Carmicheal and Audre Lorde, and settled on a small piece of land by the river near Kahnawá:ke.
Reed co-founded Montreal immersive dining and consulting collective, Atelier Etta in 2019. In 2020, he began work with DESTA Black Youth Network, where he leads an innovative business incubator using the pop-up format to develop young entrepreneurs and provide meals for those experiencing food insecurity.
Brown Butter was presented with generous support of the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council of the Arts.