THE FOOD CLUB / باشگاه غذا / フードクラブ

THE FOOD CLUB / باشگاه غذا / フードクラブ is a project within Setouchi Triennale 2019, that is exploring the possibilities of creating a Japanese-Iranian cuisine, using different imported Iranian and local Japanese ingredients. The food experiments will be created in relation to a very particular immigration history:

The number of Iranians in Japan began to increase significantly in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Iran, by that time, had suffered significantly from the economic consequences of the 1979 revolution and the long years of the Iran-Iraq war.
A large number of Iranian youth, mostly male and unemployed, left Iran for Japan hoping to find high-paying jobs at the outset – and for the duration – of the bubble economy: they were able to enter and exit Japan freely thanks to a mutual visa exemption agreement between Japan and Iran. However, in 1992, prompted by worsening economic conditions, Japan terminated this vi­sa-free agreement with Iran, and began serious efforts to deport illegal overstayers.
The total size of the Iranian population would shrink dramatically over the following decade and the stereotype of the Iranian immigrant would become linked with illegal immigration, drug de­aling and smuggling. After 1992 the number of new migrants remained significantly smaller compared to the number of deportations that occurred. Nowadays it is almost non-existing.

Remembering and connecting to this history, THE FOOD CLUB / باشگاه غذا / フードクラブ is asking:
What possible Iranian-Japanese culinary treats were lost due to these circumstances? Can we catch up on the losses now? What Iranian-Japanese (food)futures can we imagine? Can we re-write Japanese immigration policies in an alternative cookbook?

THE FOOD CLUB / باشگاه غذا / フードクラブ ROUNDTABLES

SATURDAY April 27th 2019, 1 pm – 2.30 pm 
As part of Shamijima Opening Ceremony

SUNDAY May 05th 2019, 1 pm – 2.30 pm
Guest: Sevin Genouzono, editor of Middle East contemporary art media SeeME, Researcher and Curator of Iranian and Arab art such as the solo exhibition of Cheb Moha "衣食住 (Ishokujyu)" (Tokyo, 2018)
SUNDAY May 19th, 2019, 1 pm – 2.30 pm
Guest: Naoto Higuchi, sociologist, author of „Remittances, Investments and Social Mobility Among Bangladeshi and Iranian Returnees from Japan“ (2007) and „Japan's Ultra-Right“ (2016) among others.


A project by Anahita Razmi