By Carly Schmitt (Participant’s paper), Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.
Food is one of the oldest forms of exchange. Our dependance on food is often sited as the most basic elements that connects people all over the world. Moreover, the various different processes of cooking and preparing things to eat is also seen as an easily identifiable characteristic that sets us apart (Cox 1993). Many of the different conflicts and challenges we are currently facing on both local and international levels also play themselves out on a gastronomical level. In the late 1990’s the simple act of bringing people together began to be recognized as an art form. Since then artists all over the world have begun working with food, as an artistic medium, because of the inherent abilities it has to bring people together. Contemporary artists are developing the ritual of sharing a meal into the a basis for an artwork. These projects use food as a foundation for intercultural exchange, and as an approachable way to encourage a conversation about larger more challenging topics.
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