Kitchen as Metaphor of a Multicultural Reality by Erik Klein Wolterink
Many people probably think it is pointless to have a complete picture of what lies behind all those cupboard doors in their kitchen. Photographer Erik Klein Wolterink believes that all these items portray reality in an original way. To prove this, he created “Kitchen Portraits”, a print series displaying assembled open cupboards, fridges and drawers from different parts of the world: “A well-stocked kitchen refers to Turkish cookery with goat’s cheese and halal sausage. But the mix for homemade apple pie is a witness of an open attitude towards other customs. A mother shows her African roots with a plastic Voltic Sparkling Water bottle filled with palm oil. Female students undermine our prejudices with a spotless kitchen. In the kitchen of a family with growing children, a packet of Korma curry of Pakistani descent and cardamom pods try to square themselves with Dutch kitchen habits. Here the Dutch sandwich culture leaves its traces in the sandwich wrappers in the drawer, the sandwiches in the fridge and the Nutella chocolate paste in the sink cupboard next to the abrasive agent. The kitchen as metaphor of a complex, multicultural reality”. Check out some of the kitchens in the series, as seen on Trendland. Can you imagine the story behind each photo below?