social researcher | visual storyteller
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kinship | food | nostalgia

The photographs presented in kinship | food | nostalgia form part of a larger ethnographic project carried out by myself and Ana Karina Morais. The project explored three restaurants owned by African immigrants along Long Street, Cape Town. Here, we illustrated the ways in which these three spaces, and the foods they served, triggered nostalgia and enabled the negotiation of ideas of kinship - both fictive or genealogical - and diasporic identity in an otherwise unfamiliar context. 

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 This project aimed to find resonance between the restaurant as an ethnographic site and themes common to anthropological writing - exploring questions surrounding memory, modes of exchange and production, multiculturalism and symbolic consumption. The kinship | food | nostalgia project considered the ways in which these restaurants, those who ran them, and the food they served, acted as "catalysts" for nostalgia and place-making - paying particular attention to the ways food carries social, psychological, and symbolic dimensions that are imbued with culturally constructed meanings. 

This project aimed to find resonance between the restaurant as an ethnographic site and themes common to anthropological writing - exploring questions surrounding memory, modes of exchange and production, multiculturalism and symbolic consumption. The kinship | food | nostalgia project considered the ways in which these restaurants, those who ran them, and the food they served, acted as "catalysts" for nostalgia and place-making - paying particular attention to the ways food carries social, psychological, and symbolic dimensions that are imbued with culturally constructed meanings. 

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 The photographs offer a glimpse into the situated manners in which  migrants in Cape Town, from different African countries, attempt to make meaning of a space in a context of shared self-interests in upward mobility, kinship construction, notions of commensality, gustatory nostalgia, cultural capital, gender and language.

The photographs offer a glimpse into the situated manners in which
migrants in Cape Town, from different African countries, attempt to make meaning of a space in a context of shared self-interests in upward mobility, kinship construction, notions of commensality, gustatory nostalgia, cultural capital, gender and language.

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