Magazine article New Internationalist

Conflict Kitchen Makes Food, Not War

Magazine article New Internationalist

Conflict Kitchen Makes Food, Not War

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'Food is a seductive way of engaging with an unknown culture and gaining access to its social customs, practices and values,' enthuses John Peña, part of the trio undertaking a unique year-long art project in Pittsburgh, US. Together with fellow artists Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski, Peña has launched Conflict Kitchen - a takeout restaurant that will only serve food from those countries with which the US is in conflict. First up is Iran - famously one of George W Bush's 'Axis of Evil' foes. After four months, another country will be chosen, with likely contenders being Afghanistan, North Korea and Venezuela.

Rubin believes that the project will 'initiate a discussion about countries that many people are not familiar with outside of the relatively narrow lens of the mainstream media... It hopes to create a more empathie discussion about the places and cultures we are sometimes antagonistic to as a nation. …

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