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Dai Food, from the series “We are Tiger Dragon People”

Close up of Dai Food, from the series “We are Tiger Dragon People”

Large-scale pop-up book with a dark haired woman behind a huge display of food. She wears a green dress and purple flowers in her hair and turns to look over her left shoulder. The food explodes forward with bowls of soup, skewered meat, banana leaves, pig tail, and more.

Colette Fu, Dai Food, from "We are Tiger Dragon People," 2008-2013; UlInk, paper, cloth, 9 x 25 x 10.5 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Purchased with the annual contributions of NMWA Book Arts Fellows; © Colette Fu; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Dai Food, from the series “We are Tiger Dragon People”
Colette Fu

Colette Fu’s pop-up Dai Food references the Dai people, one of the ethnic minorities in the Yunnan Province of China. The artist spent three years in the province, photographing the region and its people. Upon returning to Philadelphia in 2009, Fu began to create large-scale pop-up books featuring her Yunnan photography.

In this work, Fu introduces viewers to the cooking of the Dai people, with sour, spicy, salty, and sweet flavors. Fu took a picture of a young Dai woman wearing a long skirt and bodice. Her hair is decorated with flowers, and she is shown with street-food specialties of the region: grilled chicken, fish, and various kebabs, pig tail, fermented eggs, beef with red pepper, snails, pork liver, spicy noodle salad, and more.

Artwork Details

  • Artist

    Colette Fu
  • Title

    Dai Food, from the series “We are Tiger Dragon People”
  • Date

    2008–13
  • Medium

    Cloth, Paper, UlInk
  • Dimensions

    Museum purchase with funds provided by the Book Arts Fellows
  • Donor Credit

    Museum purchase with funds provided by the Book Arts Fellows
  • Photo Credit

    © Colette Fu; Photo by Lee Stalsworth
  • On Display

    No