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Teflon and Resistance: disordered eating, the indigestible truth and healing

Responding to the theme of spice Jasleen Kaur and Raju Rage recorded a conversation on their individual projects Be Like Teflon and Recipes For Resistance and their shared approach to exploring their personal histories through the familial act of cooking.

The printed publication contains an edited version of the conversation. The conversation can be read in its entirety on Raju's website.

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Queer Masala, Recipes For Resistance March 2020.

Recipes for Resistance was an interactive multimedia art project which explored the politics of food and its relationship to migration, belonging, memory, culture, coloniality, gender, resilience, adaptability and resistance at Ort Gallery Birmingham between March and May 2020. The culmination of research, collection and relationship building by Raju Rage the exhibition featured the work of five artists: Sabba Khan, Jasleen Kaur, Navi Kaur and Raju Rage and included video, photography, audio, illustration and sculpture, with a library of resources on food, migration and politics in nuance and complexity.  

The exhibition also featured a publication of the same name produced by Rage, spanning poetry, testimonies, articles, cross generational conversations, interviews, illustrations, photography and recipes. It includes contributions from Raisa Kabir, Sabba Khan, Queer Masala, Nandini Moitra, Zarina Muhammad, Raju Rage, YSK Prerana, Vijeta Kumar, Edible Archives and WAH! Woman Artists of Colour. 

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Jasleen Kaur, Be Like Teflon 2019.

Be Like Teflon is a collection of conversations between women of Indian heritage living in the UK. Devised by Jasleen Kaur and commissioned by Panel for Glasgow Women's Library, the book is a space for women’s histories, experience and strength. Throughout a series of conversations taking place over a hot tava or plate of food themes of labour, duty, sustenance and loss arise. Through Kaur’s simple act of listening the conversations seed moments of solidarity and self-nourishment.

Jasleen Kaur & Raju Rage

Jasleen Kaur is an artist based in London. Her work is an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within the material and immaterial things that surround us. Her practice examines diasporic identity and hierarchies of history, both colonial and personal. She works with sculpture, video and writing.

Recent and upcoming commissions include Wellcome Collection, UP Projects, Glasgow Women’s Library, Market Gallery, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Eastside Projects and Hollybush Gardens. Her work is part of the permanent collection of Touchstones Rochdale, Royal College of Art and Crafts Council.

Raju Rage is proactive about using art, education and activism to forge creative survival. Based in London and working beyond, they explore the spaces and relationships between dis/connected bodies, theory and practice, text and the body and aesthetics and the political substance. Their current interests are around sustainability, economies, care, and resistance. They are a member of Collective Creativity arts collective, A Peoples Art Collective, Another Roadmap and a creative educator and independent scholar with an interest in radical pedagogy.

Raju has a theirstory in activism, self and collective organised queer/ transgender/ people of colour movements and creative projects in London and beyond from which their politics and works draw on and from.