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Private View | INTERIOR. DAY. AT HOME WITH MARGUERITE DURAS | Katherine Tulloh & Jojo Tulloh

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 at 6.30pm

We are pleased to invite you to the opening of INTERIOR. DAY. At Home with Marguerite Duras, a new collaboration between artist Katherine Tulloh and writer Jojo Tulloh that draws its inspiration from the life and work of the great French writer and filmmaker Marguerite Duras.

The exhibition features a series of paintings by Katherine Tulloh that began life following an encounter with a still from Duras' enigmatic 1972 film Nathalie Granger, and a pamphlet by Jojo Tulloh, The Cuisine of Marguerite Duras (published by the wind in the trees) that conjures a cookbook of idiosyncratic recipes and reflections on food from Duras' art and life.

Drinks will be served from 6.30 p.m.

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Exhibition Dates: 27 Feb – 30 April 2020

To find out more about INTERIOR. DAY. At Home with Marguerite Duras please see below.

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[Paintings]

I first came across Nathalie Granger (1972, dir. Marguerite Duras) as a still in an ancient film festival programme. Two women, one fair, one dark, sat opposite each other at a kitchen table. Everything that fascinates me about this film is in that image: two women passing time together amid the clutter of a real kitchen. They are both beautiful, but more than that they seem strong and occupied with their own thoughts. I tracked down the whole film and was captivated. Maybe because I was once a set dresser in the ‘art department‘ of film production, I found myself watching the interiors as much as the actors: the large, mysteriously empty house – choked with paintings and furniture, a wild garden around it – feels like a character in the film as much as either of the women. The film offers so much to a painter because it is full of looking: down corridors, through doorways and in mirrors, at these two women about whom we never find out much. An afternoon progresses slowly; they chat, smoke, clear up lunch, take naps; their children come home from school. It feels like life: boring and interesting at the same time.
—Katherine Tulloh, 2020

"At Neauphle I often used to cook in the early afternoon... when the others were at work, or out for a walk, or asleep in their rooms… It was then I saw most clearly that I loved them and wished them well. I can recall the kind of silence there was after they went out. To enter that silence was like entering the sea. At once a happiness and a very precise state of abandonment to an evolving idea. A way of thinking or perhaps not thinking – the two things are not so very far apart. And also of writing. Slowly and carefully, so as to make it last, I’d cook those afternoons for the people who weren’t there. I’d make some soup so that it would be ready for them if they came in very hungry. If no soup was ready there wasn’t anything. If nothing was ready it was because there wasn’t anything; nobody was there. Often the ingredients were there, bought that morning, and all I had to do was prepare the vegetables, put the soup on and write.”
—Marguerite Duras, from ‘House and Home’, in Practicalities, 1987

[Pamphlet]

The Cuisine of Marguerite Duras
{A reader cooks / A cook's reader #1}
by Jojo Tulloh

Published by the wind in the trees

For Marguerite Duras the stakes are always high. She wrote novels, drank, made movies, loved, drank a bit more. Somehow, she also had time to cook. The Cuisine of Marguerite Duras explores the recipes she kept in a little red notebook in her kitchen, never before translated into English.

Is cooking a worthy subject? Marguerite Duras thought so, declaring

Do you want to know why I cook?
Because I enjoy it very much... It’s the
antinomy of writing, but somehow
we’re in the same solitude when we
cook, and the same
inventiveness. We’re an author...

Illustrated with paintings by Katherine Tulloh after stills from Duras’ enigmatic film Nathalie Granger (1972).

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Katherine Tulloh studied English at Cambridge and painting at Chelsea. She lives in Hackney and teaches children art and creative writing.

To find out more you can visit her website: katherinetulloh.com

Instagram: @katherinetulloh

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Jojo Tulloh is an editor, author and pamphleteer. Formerly the food editor of the current affairs magazine The Week, she has written about food and gardens for a number of national newspapers and magazines. Her first book East End Paradise, was published in 2009, and her second, The Modern Peasant: Adventures in City Food, won the 2014 Fortnum & Mason Cookery Writer of the Year. In 2017 she was named Fortnum & Mason Cookery Writer of the Year. She lives in east London with her husband and three daughters.

To find out more you can visit her website: jojotulloh.com

Twitter: @jojotulloh
Instagram: @hockandvine

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INTERIOR.DAY. At home with Marguerite Duras continues until 30 April 2020, and can be viewed during shop opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For enquiries, prices and availability email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

WE SWIM TO THE SHARK: Georgie Codd in conversation with Elizabeth Lovatt

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 at 7.00pm

Tickets £5

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Details to follow....

VIRGIN & CHILD: Reading + Q&A with Maggie Hamand

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 at 7.00pm

Tickets £5

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Details to follow...

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