When Apr 16 5:30 PM

In this conversation between sister-friends and artists Qiaira Riley and Animah Danquah, the two will share a soul food dinner, while sitting at a recreation of Riley’s grandmother’s kitchen table. They will discuss themes of food, migration, and ancestry as explored through Riley's Google Maps road trip from Chicago to Mississippi, inspired by her great grandmother’s travels during the Great Migration. A video piece including documentation of the road trip will be screened before the conversation.

Qiaira Riley MFA '21

Qiaira Riley is a Sagittarius, fourth-generation Chicago native, and interdisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. She holds a dual-major B.A. with honors from Lake Forest College in African African Studies and Studio Art, and is currently a Socially Engaged Studio Art MFA candidate at Moore College of Art and Design. Her academic, curatorial, and creative work explores archiving, Black women's cooking phenomenology, ancestral veneration, internet art, care, and simulacra. Amongst other projects, Qiaira is currently working on the Princess Pamela Project, a community cooking series, where she acts as a surrogate descendant to chef and restaurateur, Princess Pamela, and attempts to recreate each recipe from her 1969 soul food cookbook 12 times with 12 different people.