What's all this about?!
Care in the Kitchen is a practice-as-research project that aims to create space to centralise care within a discourse about food, bodies and eating. Discourses around food and bodies are often fraught with many cultural anxieties. This project aims to shift the focus to discuss cooking/eating/feeding as social practices of kindness, love and care.
Across several weeks, I have been sending people some of my favourite meals, packaging up notes, ingredients and instructions into parcels sent through the post. In return, I have asked that they send a letter sharing what care looks like in their kitchen, writing a story about a meal they make for people they care about. The responses have been personal, providing intimate insights into positive, loving relationships that have been forged through the acts of cooking and eating. After reading their letters, I have prepared their meals in my own kitchen, completing an exchange of care practices between the two bodies across space.
This website is an archive of documented materials shared throughout the project. It contains the letters sent and audio, video and images of the meals shared.
This archive is interactive. I warmly invite you to participate in conversation by sharing your thoughts in the comment sections throughout the archive. I encourage you to cook along with the archive, particularly across June 22nd to June 26th. The recipes are available for you to recreate other's care practices within your own kitchens.
Who are you?!
My name is Roz Whiteley and I am a queer artist and researcher based in Reading, UK. I care about food, femininity, fatness and bodies. I care about how these things are represented in pop discourses and how art might provide a strategy for talking about them. I enjoy pop culture and vulnerability and aim to make work that delicately considers and interweaves (auto)biographical narratives and personal stories with sociocultural politics and identities. I aim to make art/research that is both engaging and engaged, inviting people to think and talk about ideas in exciting ways.
You can find out more about me and my work at rozwhiteley.com