Cookbook and travel posters

Whose Cookbook is a collection of recipes from South East Serbia presented alongside variations that use herbs and spices in innovative ways.  By tracing historical trajectories of the recipes and embracing the notion of hybridity, Whose Cookbook serves to remind of the Romanian, Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish, Vlah, and Roma culinary traditions informing Serbian cuisine.

Whose Cookbook is a project by Marisa Jahn & Noa Treister that contextually responds to the community in Ku_evo (South East Serbia).  Ku_evo lies in a region distinguished by its strong Vlah traditions (once a community populating Romania and Eastern Serbia) and now problematized by the high percentage of its denizens who go abroad to live as guestworkers in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. Despite this dynamic, diasporic community, Serbians claim that they continue to cook the same food wherever they go and insist that Serbian food never changes. Nonetheless, these recipes bear trace of their influence from neighboring regions (Romania, Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Turkey) and former political regimes (Ottoman, Austrian-Hungarian, etc.)  Further, when conducting interviews with locals about their culinary practices, Treister and Jahn found a ready willingness to culinary improvise on an informal level. Finding this contradiction an interesting starting point, Treister and Jahn explore the relationship between formal vs. informal knowledge, rumor economies, and the influence of politics in the kitchen.
Food is an unmediated way to approach and include the local community in the artwork in progress. It is the most habitual performance in human life and the takes especially prominent place in poverty and post-poverty communities and cultures such as the community in Ku_evo.

In a related project, Dispatches from SouthEast Serbia is a series of travel posters designed by Jahn & Treister that deploys humor and facts to counter the putative inevitability (incontrovertibility) of the Serbian diaspora.  According to recent polls, 79% of Serbians living abroad described themselves as “happy.” At the same time, and much to the surprise of many Serbs, 76% of these emigrants say they would like to return to Serbia.  The series of posters ask the viewer to question what it would take to develop a sustainable Kucevo.

The double meaning within the project’s title — Dispatches from SouthEast Serbia – refers to both the migration of Serbians to other European locales and what Treister and Jahn discovered as the expressed desire to establish communication (or dispatches) with their extended emigrant community.

Kuvar i turisti_ki posteri

_iji je kuvar je zbirka recepata iz jugoisto_ne Srbije, datih zajedno sa varijacijama u kojima se na nove na_ine upotrebljavaju trave i za_ini. Ula_enjem u trag poreklu recepata i prihvatanjem mogu_nosti ukr_tanja, _iji je kuvar je tu da podseti na rumunsku, bugarsku, gr_ku, tursku, vla_ku i rimsku kulinarsku tradiciju istovremeno predstavljaju_i srpsku kuhinju.

_iji je kuvar je projekat  Marise Jahn i Noe Treister koji se kontekstualno poklapa sa zajednicom u Ku_evu (jugoisto_na Srbija). Ku_evo se nalazi u regionu koji se izdvaja po jakoj Vla_koj tradiciji (Vlasi su nomadski narod koji je nekada naseljavao prostore Rumunije i Isto_ne Srbije) i u kome postoji problem koji se odnosi na veliki procenat ljudi koji odlaze na rad u Austriju, _vajcarsku, Nema_ku i Italiju. Uprkos ovoj dinami_koj zajednici u dijaspori, Srbi tvrde da nastavljaju da kuvaju istu hranu gde god da odu i insistiraju na tome da se srpska hrana nikad ne menja. Pa ipak, u receptima ima tragova uticaja susednih zemalja (Rumunija, Gr_ka, Italija, Bugarska, Turska) i biv_ih politi_kih re_ima (Otomansko carstvo, Austro-Ugarska, itd.)  Dalje, dok su istra_ivale kulinarske navike lokalnog stanovni_tva, Treister i Jahn su nai_le na spremnost da se improvizuje na licu mesta. Zaklju_iv_i da je ova kontradikcija zanimljiv po_etak istra_ivanja, Treister and Jahn ispituju formalno i neformalno znanje, tra_arenje, i uticaj politike u kuhinji.
Hrana je neposredan na_in da se pridje lokalnoj zajednici i da se ona uklju_i u umetni_ki rad koji je u toku.  To je ljudska aktivnost sa najvi_e rutine u i zauzima zna_ajno mesto u siroma_nim i post-siroma_nim zajednicama i kulturama kao _to je zajednica u Ku_evu.

Projekat koji je povezan sa prethodnim, Poslato iz jugoisto_ne Srbije je niz turisti_kih postera koje su Jahn i Treister dizajnirale da oslikaju humor i _injenice koje govore protivno u odnosu na navodnu nepromenljivost srpske dijaspore. Prema skora_njim anketama,  79% of Srba koji _ive u inostranstvu opisalo je sebe kao “sre_ne.” Istovremeno, na iznenadjenje mnogo Srba, 76% ovih emigranata ka_e da bi volelo da se vrati u Srbiju. Posteri postavljaju pitanja onome ko ih gleda da se zapita _ta bi bilo potrebno da se izgradi stabilno Ku_evo.

Dvostruko zna_enje naslova projekta – Poslato iz jugoisto_ne Srbije – odnosi se na migraciju Srba u druge evropske gradove i na jasno izra_enu _elju, koju su Treister and Jahn otkrile, da se uspostavi komunikacija (odnosno po_alje poruka) sa tom velikom emigrantskom zajednicom.
cookbk.pngTravel Poster by Noa Treister & Marisa Jahn