Memory Dishes
 

The Cooking Videos

Emilia   Figliomeni (left) and Paul Rochford, Jr (right) film an interview with the Powell family during their cooking session.

Emilia Figliomeni (left) and Paul Rochford, Jr (right) film an interview with the Powell family during their cooking session.

Background on the Memory Dishes Cooking Videos

In spring 2019, The CSSJ partnered with Brown University Media Services and the Memory Dishes families to document their cooking practices through film. Each family prepared a meal significant to their cultural and personal cooking practices. The footage from these cooking sessions was edited into a short film for display in the CSSJ gallery. Media Services also created videos from each cooking session for the families’ use and for preservation in the Brown University Digital Repository. Student workers at Media Services also crafted individual highlight videos of each family sessions. You can find the short compiled exhibition video, the individual highlight videos, and photographs from the cooking sessions below.


 
 

Memory Dishes Short Film

A short compiled video of cooking footage and interviews from the Memory Dishes cooking sessions.

The women of Memory Dishes prepare meals central to their personal and cultural culinary practices. These culinary traditions have been passed down generationally, recreated and reimagined through time and migration.


Highlight Video: the da gracas

This video highlights footage gathered for Memory Dishes.

Join the women of the da Graça family, Joanna and Margarida, as they prepare cachupa in the Cape Verdean culinary tradition.




HighLight Video: The Powells

This video highlights footage gathered for Memory Dishes.

Join the women of the Powell family, Neva and Nia, as they prepare oxtail, baked chicken, cole slaw, and rice and peas in a blend of Southern and Jamaican culinary traditions.



HighLight Video: The Aubourgs

This video highlights footage gathered for Memory Dishes.

Join the women of the Aubourg family, Bichara, Fabiola, and Claude Michelle, as they prepare rice and peas, pikliz, macaroni au gratin & poule en sauce in the Haitian culinary tradition.



HighLight Video: The Joneses

This video highlights footage gathered for Memory Dishes an exhibition through the CSSJ.

Join Miriam Jones as she prepares fried fish and red rice in the South Carolinian culinary tradition.



HighLight Video: The ALcantaras

This video highlights footage gathered for Memory Dishes an exhibition through the CSSJ.

Join the women of the Alcantara family, Maria, Delia, and Deliana, as they prepare bistec encebollado y arroz con gandules in the Dominican culinary tradition.


HighLight Video: The Malabres

This video highlights footage gathered for Memory Dishes an exhibition through the CSSJ.

Join the women of the Malabre family, Sophia and Chevell, as they prepare callaloo and dumplings, rice and peas & curry goat in the Jamaican culinary tradition.

 

ORAL HISTORIES

A Note on the Memory Dishes ORal Histories

Memory Dishes is centered around a series of oral histories from the highlighted families conducted by Johanna Obenda with assistance from Maiyah Gambles-River in Fall 2018. From a curatorial perspective, it is important that the families highlighted in Memory Dishes tell their cooking histories in their own voices. Through these oral histories it became evident that women are at the heart of African diasporic cooking, with interviewees citing women cooks (grandmothers, mothers, aunts, domestic workers) as the most prominent cooking influences in their lives. In addition to discussing the traditional and contemporary gendering of cooking, the families of Memory Dishes touch on many other themes in their oral histories surrounding topics of migration, identity, labor, race, remembrance, transformation, and home.

Please contact johannaobenda@gmail.com with inquiries about the oral history audio and transcripts.

Memory Dishes  curator Johanna Obenda looks at family photograph with Margarida da Graça during an oral history session.

Memory Dishes curator Johanna Obenda looks at family photograph with Margarida da Graça during an oral history session.

CSSJ Manager of Outreach and Community Engagement Maiyah Gamble-Rivers looks through a family photo album during an oral history session.

CSSJ Manager of Outreach and Community Engagement Maiyah Gamble-Rivers looks through a family photo album during an oral history session.