This Jordanian chef recreated historical art out of food

Material exploration took on a different meaning at the third edition of Amman Design Week
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This Jordanian chef recreated historical art out of food
Amman Design Week

With the arrival of Amman Design Week in Jordan earlier this month, came a play on the city’s traditional heritage and cuisine.

Lending a whole new meaning to the phrase “playing with food” was Jordanian chef, Omar Sartawi’s unorthodox replica of an Ain Ghazal statue – a two-headed bust – made from Jameed, the region’s traditional yoghurt.

Named after the archaeological site in which they were found, the Ain Ghazal Statues date back to the Neolithic period, around 8000 BC, and are considered some of the earliest representations of human form.

If you’re having difficulty imagining a sculpture made from yoghurt, you’re not the only one. In an Instagram post, the chef revealed that he spent six difficult months developing the Jameed mixture to be used as sculpting material.

In order to ensure the yoghurt adequately replicated the Ain Ghazal statue, he used a mould to cast the piece and reproduce the statue’s facial features.

In line with the Sartawi’s ideas about the fragility of cultural heritage, though the sculpture looks stone-like and solid, it is delicate prone to cracking.

  • The piece is now on display at The Corner art space in Amman.

Photos: Instagram and Supplied