In Art Access Gallery’s latest effort to create art opportunities for the disadvantaged, the recipients aren’t just receiving an aesthetic experience but hoping for a better life.
Our Father’s Kitchen—organized by former Salt Lake City artist Olivia Pendergast—will display the drawings, photographs and paintings of Malawi artists Lancelot Chirwa, Mosses Julius Chipeta Nkhotakota and Shafi Banda Nkhotakota along with Pendergast’s (“Red Shoe” is pictured). Pendergast says of her own painting, “There is very little intent when there is painting. I simply see something that creates movement, stirs something. … The paintings are felt in the body before they surface.”
The exhibition got its title from an organization in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where children living with HIV/AIDS are involved in a program that provides them with one meal per day, seven days a week. This enables them to take their Anti-Retroviral Drugs and not get sick from the medications. Most of their parents have HIV/ AIDS and a number of the children are orphans. Our Father’s Kitchen seeks to enable children to attend school and live healthy, normal lives.
Pendergast learned from the experience as well: “The children at OFK are so beautiful; many of them are in shock, due to losing their parents. It was an honor to get to know them a little bit and photograph them, as I spent a number of days there.”
Pendergast is donating a percentage of her sales to OFK, and Malawian artists will receive 100 percent of their art sales from this exhibition.
Our Father‘s Kitchen @ Art Access Gallery, 230 S. 500 West, No. 125, 801-328-0703, through Aug. 13