year | 1999
medium | c type print
dimension | 50 x 200 cm each
statement | Buying Takeaway Chinese food in a Malaysian restaurant is not abnormal for general public’s daily life. In fact, the Chinese restaurant that I used to work in sells Singapore fried noodles speaks perfectly for the general ignorance of different ethnic backgrounds and cultures.
The work Takeaway was created to question this notion.
As we often approach to a culture first time by tasting its food, going to a restaurant provide us the opportunity to be in its culture surroundings. By taking away the food into plastic containers, the context is being removed immediately.
In other words, we do not simply takeaway the food, but also takeway the culture.
In these images, the plastic containers that are chosen because these are often used in Asian cuisines for takeaway food purpose.
I enlarged the containers in darkroom to a 10 times bigger than life scale, so their differences could not be ignored. The work was presented in a scroll format, that exaggerates the obviousness of a classic cliche format of “oriental art” (or even very “Japanese” to many audiences, as their lack of understanding in any other Asian Art form.)
Perhaps, this explains why the work Takeaway was being considered as “Japanese scrolls” again and again.