Tourist Trap / Piège de Tourists

In Tourist Trap / Piège de Tourists, I prepared dinner and lunch for two diverse groups of invited guests from the Charlotte community in order to create a dialogue about the ways in which we consume. I recreated a restaurant setting in my studio and serve two dishes, one from Jamaica and the other from Mauritius. Both island nations are former sugar colonies with economies that depend heavily on tourism.  I engaged all of the diners’ senses to prompt them to recall their experiences with tourism and to examine their roles in the consumption of culture. Do we understand the history behind the foods we consume? How were they created, by whom, and how are those that are consumed affected?

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