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Artists Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski bring their Pittsburgh-based project Conflict Kitchen to Headlands’ Mess Hall. The take-out restaurant, which only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict, has dished-out meals from Cuba, Afghanistan, Iran, and Venezuela. At Headlands, they present the tastes of North and South Korea. The evening features three courses from each nation punctuated by guided discussion on the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the two countries.
“One of the goals of Conflict Kitchen” Weleski states, “is to reformat the preexisting social relations of food and economic exchange to engage the general public in discussions about countries, cultures, and people that they might know little about outside of the polarizing rhetoric of U.S. politics and the narrow lens of media headlines.”