Gruesome Grub

Andreas Ahrens, Director of the Disgusting Food Museum, in conversation with Shilpa Vijayakrishnan

What is the one thing you would be horrified to see served to you at a dinner party? What is the food combination you love that has raised some serious eyebrows? Challenging such notions of what is and isn’t edible, with an exhibit that has 80 of the world’s most ‘disgusting’ foods and tickets that double as barf bags, is the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmö, Sweden.

Watch this conversation with its director, Andreas Ahrens, who speaks to Shilpa Vijayakrishnan about how the idea for the Museum came about, the qualifications for a ‘disgusting’ food, and the challenges of running a museum that boasts a tasting bar where some of the foods are made fresh every week. In the process, they explore how social and cultural contexts shape our perceptions of food, as delicious, strange, exotic and ‘disgusting’, and the politics of such perceptions.

Curated as part of the programming around the online exhibition Stories on a Banana Leaf.


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