Tropical Apache by Nuria Marqués
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Tropical Apache is a book born from a simple impulse. The artist Nuria Marqués began to draw recipes for cooking without ever thinking of turning them into a series, or at least into a book. Nuria never cooks, but for some reason when she's been served a dish, whether by a friend or someone she doesn't know, she loves to ask questions about its development process and then she draw and write it as a personal document of lived and shared experience.
Nuria started scanning these drawings and uploading them to her Facebook page, and when she saw very positive reviews from her friends first and from an independent curator later, she considered the idea of exhibiting them and to turn them into a recipe book.
The whole collection is overflowing with an obvious joie de vivre, and becomes a symbol and a pop icon through its gathering of the most playful, colorful, easy, common and sometimes even absurd dishes ever to appear on a cookbook (see the toastie and the orange drink Tang).
But maybe the singularity of Tropical Apache lies in the combination, within the same book, of ideas seemingly as disconnected as autobiographical notes, social commentary, cultural celebration and existential melancholy.
Learn more about the artist
Born in Menorca, Spain, Nuria Marqués has a BA and DEA (University of Barcelona), and has postgraduate degrees in Illustration (Escola Eina) and painting. She was an exchange student at Jean Monet Saint Etienne University in France, Nottingham Trent University and Chelsea College of Art & Design - University of the Arts in London. His recent works have been exhibited individually in Spain and collectively abroad. She has participated in Art Brussels, Pulse Miami, Art Cologne and the Galeria Major exhibition program in Palma de Mallorca. Since 2009 she has been working for Hangar.org in Barcelona. She was appointed head of the production department in 2011.
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