We Are What We You Eat: Opening Reception

We Are What We You Eat Opening Reception 

Friday February 2nd, 2024


On view February 2 - March 10 2024

Curated by Fabiola Tosi

Assistant Curator: Vidushi Lohia

Artists: Cristian Natoli, Gabriel Chalfin-Piney, Kyle Bellucci Johanson, Shonna Pryor

We Are What We  You Eat questions the validity of contemporary definitions of authenticity in relation to cultural identities, focusing on food preparation and sharing as an empowering cross-cultural practice of re-appropriation and agency.

In a political and social context where cultural identity and diversity are threatened by narratives of oppression and appropriation, communities are reclaiming their identities by reinforcing the relevance of heritage and traditions as drivers of self-affirmation. Storytelling stands at the core of this process. We Are What We You Eat focuses on a familiar space, the table, as the site where narratives of identity and belonging are created and shared. Here, storytelling becomes a tool of awareness to reaffirm a cultural identity that is passed on as heritage from one generation to the next.

It is when we sit at the table and share meals that we realize how much this simple everyday action represents a common practice, a non-dimensional zone of cultural synergy that we share as humans beyond time and space. Through interactions and storytelling, the dining table becomes a place where individuals are empowered in defining and reclaiming their identity, to reappropriate rooted cultural practices.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago