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Aspen Art Museum


The Illicit Gin Institute program by Zina Saro-Wiwa

Aug 4, 2021
2:00 PM
Registration Required

Aspen Art Museum

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Zina Saro-Wiwa’s next Illicit Gin Institute event is all about fruit and flowers. The artist will lecture once again on the gin and her practice with some emphasis on the idea of “sweetness” and the place of flowers in Nigerian culture. The tasting will open with a plain gin and a toast to the ancestors, followed by botanical gins flavored with unusual botanicals such as green orange peel and hibiscus. Bright and refreshing champagne cocktails that feature not only the gins but also bitters made from local Niger Delta basils and bitter leaves will also be offered.

Zina Saro-Wiwa is an artist working in video, photography, sculpture, sound, and food. She lives and works in Los Angeles, and runs a practice in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, where her experimental distillery is based and where she founded the contemporary art gallery, Boys’ Quarters Project Space.

The Illicit Gin Institute is a radical creative think tank dedicated to exploring African moonshine, particularly a Nigerian palm wine spirit historically known as “Illicit Gin” that is made by distilling the fermented palm “wine” tapped from the raffia palm tree. Created by Saro-Wiwa, the Illicit Gin Institute develops projects that explore the storytelling and regenerative potential of this palm wine spirit through artist-driven events, foods featuring the gin and botanicals, and a podcast.