Freedom Meal

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5 أيار / مايو 2023

Artists Aslı Hatipoğlu (Thailand/Turkey), Alaa Abu Asad (Palestine/Netherlands) and Uno Fujisawa (Japan/Netherlands) have put together a special Freedom Meal at Mediamatic. Join us and be part of the conversation about cultural and botanical exchange and what freedom means for us, and plants. 


05-05-2023 De kunstenaars van het vrijheidsmaal - Vrijheidsmaaltijd 5 mei Kunstenaars Aslı Hatipoğlu  (Thailand/Turkije) , Alaa Abu Asad  (Palestina/Nederland) en Uno Fujisawa  (Japan/Nederland) hebben een bijzonder Vrijheidsmaal samengesteld. Mediamatic nodigt je uit voor een viergangen maaltijd in het kader van bevrijdingsdag en het Japanse Duizendknoop Festival . We gaan met elkaar in gesprek en onderzoeken samen wat vrijheid voor mens é n plant betekent.  Justin Knelange

Artist Alaa Abu Asad will steer the dinner through three acts of storytelling. He explains how the Japanese knotweed and her sister plants travelles into Dutch territories; followed by a reflection on the legal applications, property rights and connotations put upon the Japanese knotweed. The last act will question the liberation of the plant and ways to think of it as a future companion.

During this dinner artist Uno Fujisawa will be trimming the beauty of the Japanese knotweed as ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement).

The whole menu, developed by Aslı Hatipoğlu and Uno Fujisawa, implements Japanese knotweed and other edible plants that were brought to Europe by Philipp Franz von Siebold. 

We will learn about how the plant came to the Netherlands. This will be accompanied with a dish that combines the Japanese knotweed and a "traditional Dutch" potato. Or is it really that Dutch? The menu also introduces you to the many plants that were brought to the Netherlands. You will know many of these plants for their ornamental value, but many of these plants are also edible. The main dish is a traditional dish that is prepared with knotweed. In the dessert the sweet taste of this plant will surprise you. 


Friday 5th of May
Special price: € 17,50 for a 4-course meal, drinks not included. 

Lunch (sold out) 
13:00 – 15:00 



Early Dinner (sold out) 
17:00 – 19:00



Late Dinner (sold out) 
19:30 – 21:30