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Zina Saro-Wiwa, Table Manners: Season 1 (2014-2016): Barisuka Eats Ice Fish and Mu, 2016

5m Video Art 2016

Table Manners: Season 1: Barisuka Eats Ice Fish and Mu playfully alludes to the historic colonial disregard for local eating practices. This video series celebrates Ogoni men and women from the Niger Delta region eating in front of the camera, highlighting the role of food consumption as a distinctive act in belonging to a community. The video’s subjects refuse voyeuristic impulses as they gaze back at the viewer, consuming and ultimately finishing their meal on their own terms.

Throughout Table Manners: Season 1: Barisuka Eats Ice Fish and Mu, the eater’s performance punctuates silence with the sounds of appetite: savoring, sucking, swallowing, smacking. Audiences are forced to confront the uniformity of globalized food culture and attune to cultural distinctions between food and the body, as well as the self and others.

ZINA SARO-WIWA. Excerpt from the video series Table Manners: Season 1 (2014-2016): Barisuka Eats Ice Fish and Mu, 2014-2016. Digital color video, with sound, 5 min., 24 sec. © Zina Saro-Wiwa. Courtesy of the artist.

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Nigeria

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