Sharing food, culture and illustration

Arts collective Doodle Plate has set itself the admirable task of sharing experiences around food, stories and cultures.

Oliver Flores
Oliver Flores

For its first project, it’s the food and culture of Mexico that’s under the microscope – through illustration exhibition Nixtamal.

For Nixtamal three illustrators – Adam Bletchly and Livi Gosling from the UK and Oliver Flores from Mexico – focused specifically on the process of making tortillas.

Nixtamal is an Aztec word which describes corn that has undergone a lime-treating process, crucial in the making of tortillas.

Adam Bletchly
Adam Bletchly

All three illustrators were asked to develop creative responses to this process.

Stephanie Odu, who curated the Nixtamal show, says, ‘Researching this process presented the opportunity for our illustrators to delve into another culture, or their own – with work produced by one Mexican illustrator and two British illustrators.

‘Their work, inspired by this process, provides an accessible learning process. And we aim to inform people’s experiences, and engage them with the traditions of other cultures.’

Livi Gosling
Livi Gosling

Nixtamal is at the Hundred Years Gallery, 13 Pearson Street, London E2, from 22-26 May.

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