17 August 2012
Food as a platform for political protest
by Megan Meagher
Carnegie Mellon University grads have set out to stir up public conversation around political conflicts through food. They set up a take-out restaurant in Pittsburgh, Conflict Kitchen, which highlights a different type of cuisine every 6 months, only from countries the US is in conflict with. It's an unexpected and accessible form of political protest which engages and educates the community in an entirely new way.
The food comes served in packaging covered with quotes from nationals on various political topics. But food is simply the gateway, as events, performances and discussions accompany the project.
According to the project's website:
"Operating seven days a week in the middle of the city, Conflict Kitchen reformats the preexisting social relations of food and economic exchange to engage the general public in discussions about countries, cultures, and people that they might know little about outside of the polarizing rhetoric of U.S. politics and the narrow lens of media headlines. In addition, the restaurant creates a constantly changing site for ethnic diversity in the post-industrial city of Pittsburgh, as it has presented the only Iranian, Afghan, Venezuelan, Cuban restaurants the city has ever seen. Upcoming iterations will include North Korea."
15 August 2012