Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The way the world eats on the go

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 9:47 AM

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German curator Mike Meire has put together a collection of street-vendor carts from around the world. His show, Global Street Food, is "dedicated to the fascination with improvised kitchens in public places. Urban fast food stations

navigating the contrast between pragmatic dilettantism and complexity in the smallest of spaces."

The collection focuses on the countries of Vietnam, Uganda, China, Sudan, Mexico, Argentina and the good ol' USA. The above picture is of a sausage and cheese cart native to Argentina.

Below is a table in Hong Kong where people eat soup. In the background is a mobile goat-meat grill from Uganda.

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The sets are all authentic down to the last detail, something Meire said took several months to do because every time he'd track down one mobile vendor, by the next day the cart would be set up in a different part of town. 

Though the show is only in Germany, it is available for preview online at Dornbracht.com under the window titled Passagen 2009. (A knowledge of German is helpful.) The street food that Meire chose to represent the U.S. was a hot dog stand from Miami, with a patriotic red, white and blue umbrella. Nothing says freedom like old glory and sausage casings.

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