1057 W. Argyle St.
Hosted by Axis Lab x Passenger Pigeon Press, “Food Between Shadows: A Refugee Resistance” is a food pop-up and premiere of artist books about food, migration, war, and resettlement featuring Genevieve Erin O’Brien: performance artist, Tammy Nguyen: founder of Passenger of Pigeon Press, and Patricia Nguyen: Executive Director of Axis Lab. This event brings together three Vietnamese American artists from Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago to explore placemaking through art, food, and dialogue.
The “Refugee Resistance” menu is part of a performance series based in social practice by Genevieve Erin O’Brien, focusing on a participatory process and less centered in outcomes. Identity is rooted in food, for the refugee even more so. Food is the anchor that tethers refugees to home, a home that exists in neither time nor space but somewhere in memory as a ghostly spectre.
The event will feature two artist books made in collaboration with Tammy from Passenger Pigeon Press entitled, “Seasonal Ruminations on Love” with Genevieve and “Book of Shadows: Building in Search of Forever” with Patricia. Seasonal Ruminations on Love incorporates Genevieve’s recipes for various foods made for different "seasons" of love: Heartbreak, Winter, Seduction, and Monsoon Season. “Book of Shadows: Building in Search of Forever” is based on poetry and prose by Patricia about war, urban development, displacement, and creating home in immigrant and refugee communities in Chicago’s Argyle Street neighborhood.
The event will be open to the public and take place at First Sip Café, a new coffee shop opening on Argyle Street owned by two second generation Vietnamese American sisters, Ngan and Gigi Hoang, whose parent’s first restaurant business, Cafe Hoang, is just down the road on Argyle Street. This arts and food initiative helps support a historic area for Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees.