Conflict Kitchen: cuisine from countries the US has conflict with
Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the US is in conflict.
Located in Pittsburgh, the Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The food is served out of a take-out-style storefront that rotates identities every six months to highlight another country and the idea is to spark dialogue and engage the community. Each iteration of the project is augmented by events, performances, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus country. Often live international Skype dinner parties between citizens of Pittsburgh and professionals, documentary filmmakers and activists from the conflicting nations are organized.
The project works with communities in Pittsburgh that representative of the different conflict countries, and they come up with a menu of the street food you would find in the major cities of each country. They have included vegetarian and sometimes vegan options on every menu, and have so far covered food from Afghanistan, Iran, and Venezuela, with Cuba and North Korea planned for the future. With each iteration, the store front is redesigned and the restaurant name is spelled in the language of the country the project is highlighting. The food comes packaged in custom-designed wrappers that include interviews with Iranians both in Iran and the United States on subjects ranging from street food and popular culture to the current political turmoil.
Conflict Kitchen is a project by Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski and is funded by the Sprout Fund,The Waffle Shop,The Benter Foundation, the Center for the Arts in Society, The Studio for Creative Inquiry, and the sale of food. Graphics were designed by Brett Yasko. Architecture designed by Pablo Garcia of Point.