2014 Featured Artist: Kiam Marcelo Junio
After spending a year documenting Chicago artists making amazing work, Inside the Artist’s Kitchen has decided to go a step further by developing a program that supports Chicago artists directly. We are pleased to announce our Digital Residency program, which will foster creation of new work in the Chicago community.
Our 2014 featured artist is Kiam Marcelo Junio, who will be presenting a new web series called Filipino Fusions. Over the course of the year, Junio will explore Filipino American identity and cuisine as influenced by trade, colonization, cross-cultural exchange, and the diaspora through the lens of their performance alter ego Jerry Blossom. Each month, Jerry Blossom will present a new vegetarian recipe rooted in Filipino cuisine. Filipino Fusions is generously sponsored by MartinJon Productions, Upton’s Naturals, and Cody Copeland.
Filipino culture has always centered on food as an experience to share with others, and this has carried through despite colonization, migration, occupation, and diaspora. But culture is malleable; hence, food also changes through time and space. ”Much of the Filipino food I grew up with was meat-based,” says Kiam. ”I want to create new fusions with Filipino food that take it beyond its origins while questioning what it is exactly that defines Filipino, or for that matter, any culture’s cuisine as it crosses boundaries. What is lost? What remains? My vision is to connect Filipinos, Filipino Americans, and people around the world through a culinary experience by offering new insights, new spices and shifts to familiar (or unfamiliar) dishes and show the breadth of what Filipino cuisine is and could be.”
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ITAK Ep 1 'Arroz Caldo' from Filipino Fusions on Vimeo.
ITAK Ep 2 "Lumpia" from Filipino Fusions on Vimeo.