Contact: Center for Art and Thought
Clare Counihan, (323) 452-3550, firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Worlds’ Multi-Platform Launch
What are the historical determinants and legacies of Filipino foods? How do foods travel as part of the labor diaspora? How does food ground, enable or destabilize Filipino identities?
|SPAM/MAPS: World Red, 2001. 36 in. x 48 in. x 2 in. Michael Arcega.|
Co-curated by Clare Counihan and Sarita See, Food Worlds assembles artists and scholars who together create a map of the world through Filipino food. And what a rich, unending series of combinations and juxtapositions that has turned out to be. Worlds, plural. Inspired by Doreen G. Fernandez’s ground-breaking research into Filipino food histories and culture, this virtual exhibition considers what making and eating Filipino food reveals about Filipinos in the Philippines and its wide-flung diaspora, as well as those others who (refuse to) eat Filipino. Thus, we focus on the Philippines but also extend our analysis to other communities shaped by the multiple specters of colonialism, militarization, and globalization.
As works by Laura Kina and Wesley Ueunten, Jessica Hagedorn and Alexander Orquiza suggest, food is a key way to understand the intimacies and alienations of colonial presences throughout the pacific, while Johanna Poethig, Tim Manalo and Elaine Castillo reflect on those same negotiations far from “home.” Martin Manalansan, Nerissa Balce, and Jerry Takigawa further complicate notions of “food” by exploring the politics of smell, production and waste. For a full list of contributors please see the extended curatorial statement (http://www.centerforartandthought.org/work/project/food-worlds).
About the Center for Art and Thought:Starting from the perspectives of Filipinos around the world, the Center for Art and Thought (CA+T) harnesses the potential of digital and new media technologies in order to foster dialogues between artists, scholars, and the broader public. A web-based nonprofit organization, CA+T believes that the convergence between art and critical thought is a crucial way to generate new modes of knowledge production and creative and critical lenses for understanding and transforming global conditions.