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For Sale: Place Settings from Immigrants' Stories told at Fringe Festival

Pieces from a performance that told the stories of local immigrants are going up for sale.

Local performance group Pones Inc. created Place/Setting for the 2017 Cincinnati Fringe Festival and worked with visual artist Pam Kravitz and documentarian Ian Forsgren to break down barriers, diffuse stereotypes, cultivate empathy, and challenge the audience to explore ideas of belong and home. 

The performance invited audiences to sit down, share a meal, and discover stories of local immigrants around our table. The fast-paced piece changed from family diner to art gallery, to cooking show to dance.

The original, ceramic place settings that accompanied the performance were inspired by immigrants who live in Cincinnati. Each of their unique stories influenced a local artist to create a handmade place setting. The designs and shapes of the plates, cups, and utensils reflect emotions and cultural influences from each individual narrative.

Guests are invited to partake in the works of local artists and storytellers on Friday, November 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Locally-established artists like Pam Kravetz, Didem Mert-Leyla, Josh Bass, Hannah Schelb, Beth Suellentrop, Ben Clark, and Laurie Wright, will have pieces for sale at the event.

The place settings will be on view and for sale ($125) at Dick Waller’s Art Palace at 130 West Court Street, Cincinnati. Guests will be treated to a welcoming reception (food and drinks) and a small performance from the show at this special event.

To view the settings or purchase online, click here.

-Staff report