Homemade Apple Pie

The project will be launched in Autumn 2024 in Stockholm, Kivik, and online. It will feature a series of Swedish fika art talks where we will share apple pie infused with the themes of ecology and democracy. We aim to invite the art and activist community to join this important discussion while sharing apple pie recipes and numerous stories connected to childhood memories, families, and cultural identities challenged by displacement. How did your grandparents bake their apple pie? Do you have your own apple tree or orchard?

By exchanging recipes, we will explore the most personal and intimate stories, learning to appreciate the diverse backgrounds and traditions that shape our communities. The act of sharing something as universal as apple pie allows us to find common ground, celebrate our heritage, and build empathy for those whose cultural identities have been impacted by displacement. Through this inclusive project, we hope to connect millions of people across diverse Swedish cities and globally. We believe that sharing recipes will create a sense of belonging and solidarity among participants from different nations.

OPEN CALL: SEND A RECIPE FOR APPLE PIE

Join us by sharing your recipe for homemade apple pie along with a story about your family and culture. This culinary exchange will be part of Äppelfest på Kungliga Djurgården in Stockholm from September 25-29, 2024. The project aims to unite, strengthen, and heal the shared experiences of people from many displaced nations. We hope you will be inspired to share your story, as your contribution is vital in transforming loss and uncertainty into connection and hope.

Please send your contribution before September 1, 2024. If you are an artist and would like to contribute an illustration or thematic pattern to our project, we would be delighted to include it in our important collection.

Illustration Liliya Busarova.

WE HAVE PLANTED AN APPLE TREE FOR DEMOCRACY IN BELARUS

The project aims to explore the current situation in Belarus and show support for political prisoners. It is developed in collaboration with Belarusian artists who planted an apple tree in Belarus as a symbol of hope and democracy. The artists also have conducted Swedish Fika events in Belarusian countrysides sharing the sweetness of apple pie in the context of the bitter and painful reality faced by the Belarusian people today.

MANIFEST OF BELARUSIAN ARTISTS

The story of Belarus today can be understood through the act of baking an apple pie without its main ingredient. The apples are not from my garden or tree, so it will never taste the same. And I have no one to share it with—my friends are in jail. My country, once abundant in culture and outstanding souls, is now under siege. My home, filled with family narratives, has been taken away. Such emptiness is impossible to fill.

I stand under the shadow of an apple tree, longing for my Belarus—a land stripped of its native language, with people who have no roots and no place to return to. I try to enjoy the apple pie. I swallow. The taste is hollow, not the same. The experience is incomplete. It embodies the pain and loss the Belarusian people endure as we wait for the day when the apple tree our grandparents planted will once again bear fruit, and the essence of Belarus will be restored for each of us.

Until then, I hold onto sharing my story, my heritage, and my dream of a homeland through baking apple pie that doesn’t taste the same.