Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick
Migration is a monumental undertaking, whether person or food item, it entails adjusting to a new environment, new conditions. As part of Current:LA Food, artists Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick are working with poets, chefs and community members to create a menu that reminds people of “home,” wherever that is.
Julio and Max are very interested in
where food comes from
and historically where food comes from
Their whole project is developed
through the idea of home.
You know the duality.
There's, there's home, your homeland
and then home your new home.
Our project is called New Shores.
and it's based on the first chapter of "The Orange Tree"
written by Carlos Fuentes.
That chapter talks about
being of two shores, you know.
Two homelands, two cultures,
two religions, two languages.
I think our take on it is
looking at the origins of the orange
from Asia to Spain and then the Spaniards
brought in here during the conquest.
Los Angeles is known for citrus
and the more research we did
we figured out that in Barnsdall park,
it used to be an olive grove and also citrus grove
And essentially we're looking at
the various communities surrounding Barnsdall park.
Every week, every Sunday,
we're focusing exploring the cuisine
of one of those neighborhoods
with the help of a poet,
a chef or a community member
that is helping us create the menu for that evening.
We are working through immigrant stories.
What kind of food did they leave behind?
What kind of foods did they have in gatherings?
What kind of food do they not find in Los Angeles?
And essentially we are looking at the impact of
being an immigrant in the United States.
We are really interested in the power
and the ability of food to actually create a dialogue.
So I think one of the aspects of
this project is
for people to walk away with a knowledge,
or at least an inquiry
they might be interested in exploring
a bit more, whether that's issues of migration
or issues of sustainability with the food
that we're serving
it is going to be an engaging
series of dinners that we'll create.