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BRUISED FOOD LAB EVENT: Masala Mix: Opening the Anglo-Indian Tiffin

May 2, 2019 @ 11:45 am - 1:30 pm


Join artist Rhett D’Costa for lunch at RMIT Gallery to discuss themes related to stories of migration and Asia, spices, and personal histories. Participants will be seated on cushions on the floor.

We are taking bookings for those who will eat the meal. Observers may walk in on the day to watch the action, depending on space availability.

Please advise if you have food allergies [email: rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au when your booking is confirmed] The menu is Indian vegetarian (including eggs). A full ingredient list will be provided on the day.

Bruised Food: a Living Laboratory is a project curated by Marnie Badham and Francis Maravillas that complements the exhibition Bruised: Art Action & Ecology in Asia at RMIT Gallery (12 April – 1 June). The Bruised Food Lab Events critically reflects on food and social practice, and present works and events by artists.

About the event

So much ambiguity surrounds the Anglo Indian community in terms of definitions, histories, and narratives around colonisation and migration. The title for this project, Masala Mix: Opening the Anglo-Indian Tiffin, plays on the colloquial term for an Anglo Indian, ‘mixed masala’, and the tiffin carrier which is a form of lunch box used to transport food in some Asian countries.

About the artist

Born in Bombay, Rhett D’Costa migrated to Australia at an early age. His practice led research draws on his hybrid background of British, Australian and Indian cultures and its ongoing relationship to colonial and post-colonial theory.

Rhett’s most recent projects have centered on the ‘right to belong’, exploring the role of resilience and optimism in the intersecting areas of migration, multiculturalism, identity, nationalism and belonging.

In a career spanning thirty years in art practice and tertiary art education, Rhett’s particular focus has centered around the Asia-Pacific region.


May 2, 2019
11:45 am - 1:30 pm
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RMIT Gallery
344 Swanston St
Melbourne, VIC Australia
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