IMMART in collaboration with the women’s integration center Integrationshuset Kringlebakken developed and exhibited the project Food Memories in 2017. Two artists from the network, photographer Mayra Navarrete and Sacramento Rosello worked together with staff at Kringlebakken on the project which aimed to take the sensorial experience of smell, touch and taste, and use it to empower the women and to help them find ways of weaving together their everyday in Denmark with their memories of their homeland
Sacramento brought a series of writing workshops to the Danish language courses taught by Hannah Aase Tyrrel at the center. The workshops focused on life-writing, using food and memories about food as a vehicle to explore how we adapt and create something new, strong and beautiful from the fabric of our previous life. The women also discussed their life stories and food with Mayra who then took individual portrait pictures.
The activities resulted in a collection of short texts that captured the women’s food memories, stories and reflections, and portrait pictures of the women and the food/ingredients that inspired the stories.
The aim of exhibiting the images and exerpts from the stories was to create awareness about women with non-Danish ethnic backgrounds, thus contributing to more openness and curiosity, and giving a more nuanced image of “foreign” women.
The project was enerously funded by Bispebjerg Lokaludvalg.
Download a full brief on the project here.