(b. 1958 in San Francisco, U.S.A.; lives in Santa Fe) For Unsettled Landscapes, Ric Lum presents parts of his The Rio Feast Project as it unfolds. This project consists of a series of community dinners developed from food foraged and prepared in the region around the Rio Grande River. Starting at the headwaters in the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado and continuing through New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico, dinners will be sited along the river. The artist’s journey is an extended performance entailing gathering, cooking, and serving wild, farmed, ranched, hunted, and wild-crafted food. In some ways, the dinners themselves are not “art” but the culmination or symbols of the network of connections and associations that form when people make a commitment to “walking the land” and becoming intimately acquainted with regional foodways. Through blog entries accessible at a website, Lum will share cooking methods, recipes, ingredients, and stories that arise along the way. A couple of locally hosted dinners and culinary interventions will bring the spirit of this project to Santa Fe, and become sites for further exchange. Lum hopes to connect a diverse group through eating, sharing, and dialogue: farmers, ranchers, historians, artists, activists, and scientists. Through this experiment, Lum also seeks to bring attention to important issues that affect the region, such as water and land conservation, and highlight the diverse communities, cultures, and histories that inhabit this land.
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