- PhMuseum 2021 Photography Grant
Cooking Potato Stories
Dates2020 - 2020
What can a potato tell us about ourselves? What does it say about the construction of national identity? What role can new narratives around it play in creating expanded social imaginaries? These are some of the questions that lead Cooking Potato Stories: a multilayered translocal story that follows the routes and roots of the potato through the context of Galicia, Colombia and The Netherlands -based on my own experience living among these places- to address forgotten colonial legacies and the wider context of political, social, and emotional relationships.
I propose an encounter of stories around the potato that questions the ideologies, power and subjectivities behind the existing narratives as a contribution to an ongoing decolonization of thought. Using ingredients such as heritage, history, the imaginary, tradition, and autobiography I trial recipes of knowledge that unfold different aspects of the potato's history to push a new social memory about it. The project seeks to confront the legacies of colonialism and reconfigure relationships with oneself, family, community, and the natural world.
Cooking Potato Stories also has a participatory side that consist on the exchange of potato stories with the public. In this website you can listen some of the stories collected: https://soundcloud.com/user-880357034