Robin Kahn + La Cooperativa Unidad Nacional Mujeres Saharauis at.....
June 9 - September 15, 2012
Working with a collective of women from Western Sahara, we created “The Art of Sahrawi Cooking,” an installation and series of events for dOCUMENTA(13). Inspired by my book Dining in Refuge Camps, the project embodied the notion that the word for “family” and “tent” (jaima) are the same in Hassanyia, the Saharawi’s Arabic dialect. By transporting the tent (the center of social life in the camps) from the sands of Refugee Camp 27 Febrero to the soil of the Karlsaue Park in Kassel, our jaima--whose colorful interior glowed as if dipped in magical saffron--emitted a beacon across the park.
During the exhibition’s first two weeks, we inaugurated “The Couscous Event.” Drawn by the sounds of Sahrawi Blues into the lushly accommodating interior of our jaima, visitors were welcome to sit down, enjoy a bowl of couscous and a conversation with Sahrawi women about their lives. Each day, more than 750 people stopped by, rested and experienced the transforming effect of “Sahrawi hospitality.” The creative artistry of La Cooperative Unidad Nacional Mujeres Saharauis represented by Chaiaa Salek Ali, Fatma Galia Sidi Lounat, Horria Belal Mahumud, Tfarra Hanafi Erguebi, Nadjat Hamdi, Mouna M'd Keina, Gbenaha Mint Bani, Ezzana Barka Mohamed, Nadjat Hamdi, and The Esteemed Minister of Culture, Khadiija Hamdi spread the message of a future of Sahrawi independence and freedom!
All past and future events that take place as a part of "The Art of Sahrawi Cooking" are listed on the dOCUMENTA(13) calendar.
Some views of the Jaima in the Karlsaue park outside the Orangerie in Kassel (others available on this facebook link here):
|Hanging out inside the jaima|
|Exterior View: Entrance to Jaima|
|Exterior view: Entrance|