Skirball Cultural Center

Petit Takett: Love, Legacy, and Recipes from the Maghreb was an exhibition and event series based on my Tunisian family heritage at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles California 10/15-2/16.

With curators Erin Curtis, and Doris Berger we created an installation of original artwork, family photographs, and artifacts, as well as a “recipe mosaic” that grew over time. Objects on view included my mother’s traditional North African dress, a vintage commercial sign from my parents kitchen, a hamsa amulet, letterpress recipe posters designed during my residency at Penland School of Crafts, and my father’s wooden recipe box.  The installation was designed to demonstrate how, through cooking and entertaining, my father was able to keep his family’s traditions vital and engaging.

Visitors were encouraged to recall their own family gatherings by submitting favorite recipes on cards provided in the gallery. The submissions were artfully assembled throughout the run of the exhibition into a mosaic-like design inspired by North African textiles and tiles.  An event series was created not only share my own father’s story, but to create a dialogue within the community that encourages participants to share and explore their own traditions and cultures.

 

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