ARTIST TALK: Dawn Weleski

Photo by Natalie Lascek

Photo by Natalie Lascek

Conflict Kitchen ( is an art and education project that serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration is augmented by events, performances, publications, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus region. While a restaurant from 2010 – 2017, Conflict Kitchen rotated identities in relation to current geopolitical events.

Each iteration introduced customers to the food, culture, and politics of the country of focus. All experiences and opinions that are presented in publications and programming were informed by the personal perspectives and history of the country’s citizens. These diverse perspectives reflect a nuanced range of thought and served to instigate questioning, conversation, and debate with our customers and the public at large.

Dawn Weleski is interested in how U.S. foreign and domestic policy has been built upon a foundation of slavery and genocide. She addresses these conflicts throughout her work.

Don’t miss this chance to hear her talk about Conflict Kitchen and the exploratory work that she and her creative partner, Jon Rubin are doing as recipients of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship.

Come and learn more. Bring a friend!

Joanna Davisartist talk, 2018