Eat My Culture

 Simon Kaan,  Paua and Chopsticks,  2018

Simon Kaan, Paua and Chopsticks, 2018

Eat My Culture aims to make visible the nuances of cultural relationships by partnering New Zealand artists of Asian, Pasifika and Māori descent with Asian restaurants and takeaways in Central Wellington to create shop-front window art installations based on their interactions. 

As an exploration of local identity, it also highlights differences and commonalities mediated by food and exchange. Food is essential to the preservation of culture. It sustains us and brings us together. Beyond its commercial purpose, the Asian restaurant presents an opportunity to communicate (and for customers to access) a spectrum of intangible traditions, histories and cultural customs on offer.

Eat My Culture presents the following collaborations:

Dylan Herkes with Golden Gate Takeaways 

Ross Liew (Oscar Low) with R & S Satay Noodle House

Simon Kaan with Big Thumb Chinese Restaurant

Salome Tanuvasa with Grand Century 

Steven Qian at Ozeki Restaurant

Bhavesh Buthadia and Abhi Topiwala with Great India

Madelin Cheng with Regal Chinese Restaurant 

 Steve Qian,  Equilibrium Balance  (2018) at Ozeki - Photo by John Lake

Steve Qian, Equilibrium Balance (2018) at Ozeki - Photo by John Lake

 Bhavesh Buthadia and  Abhi Topiwala , (Detail) at  Great India  - Photo by John Lake

Bhavesh Buthadia and Abhi Topiwala, (Detail) at Great India - Photo by John Lake

 Madelin Cheng,  凤凰酒家 (Golden Phoenix)  at Regal Chinese Restaurant - Photo by John Lake

Madelin Cheng, 凤凰酒家 (Golden Phoenix) at Regal Chinese Restaurant - Photo by John Lake

  Ross Liew  (Oscar Low),  Go0d Morning  (2018) at  R & S Satay Noodle House  - Photo by John Lake

Ross Liew (Oscar Low), Go0d Morning (2018) at R & S Satay Noodle House - Photo by John Lake