My 28 Kitchens: Mapping My Food History
The kitchen is the hearth of the home; a convening space laden with memories that spring beyond the physical location, because the smells and flavors created there can themselves come to symbolize home. For Von Diaz, migration from the Caribbean coupled with family instability led to a life in transition; many homes, many kitchens; shifting tectonic plates of adaptation where meaning and identity were formed. In this talk, she’ll explore the 28 kitchens she’s had in her life—how tools, recipes, and techniques are archives of culture, and how kitchens are liminal spaces that enable us to bring home with us wherever we go.
This event is part of our year-long exploration on the theme of "Home, What does it look like now?" How can we reconsider home in the 21st century as we cross states and borders seeking comfort, safety and identity? Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, state sanctioned violence against black bodies coupled with enhancing diverse and inclusive curricula, the Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC) will explore the significant ways black visual narratives respond to the cultural, dynamic political, social, economic as well intimate changes that force us to (re)interrogate previous conceptions of home.
This event is hosted by the CBVC at the Institute of African American Affairs and co-sponsored by The Latinx Project, the 370J Project and the Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts.