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6 Squares

'6 squares' is a video of meals being eaten by the artist. The dishes are Ndole, Koki, Pitache and Greens, Beans and Cassava, Mbu Kena, Gombo and Gari fufu. They are favorite Cameroonian dishes, and more specifically Bamileke (the inhabitants of the Grasslands in western Cameroon) dishes, that have been transformed into nostalgic items due to the artist's displacement from her home country of Cameroon. This simple act of consuming food in its non-native environment creates a cultural dialogue with the viewer as well as an internal dialogue for the artist. The process of eating without company, amplifies the isolation of first generation immigrants. In this context, Houston, which is a city that host numerous immigrants, echoes the cultural alienation that occurs with immigration.