THE WAEW FOOD PROGRAMME
Political Thai Cuisine
After graduating for hotel management I have worked for several years in different hotels and positions in Bangkok. In 2013 I had the opportunity to run my own Pad-Thai restaurant. Since then I have been working as a freelance for different companies and organizations. Mainly I have worked organizing and producing several bigger and smaller art and design projects. True these different projects I have met many international artists and designers which made it possible for me to do my own food art project in Eindhoven, Holland.
the Waew Food Programme was founded in 2017. Since I enjoyed exploring my both work as an artist as well as cooking skills again and loved the cultural experience I am looking for ways to continue my stay in the Netherlands working as a food artist . The theWaewFoodProgramme site provides information about upcoming events, exhibitions and images of past projects, as well as information about my artistic journey from dream to realization.
My name is WAEW Jeeraphat Voraphotmuangman. I am from Thailand and was born in Bangkok. In 2016 my Korean friend organized the exhibition in Thailand called "Here and There" she invited several Dutch designers to do a project in Chiang Mai and asked me for the production of this project.
The next year the Dutch designers invited me to visit Holland and together with Lucas Maassen and Margriet Craens we started "the Waew Food Programme" in their creative restaurant space called "Wall Street Eindhoven".
I cooked for them same like my mother cook and in different way different materials, people loved it! So, I cooked more and my friends invited me to cook in their art space.
I believe in channeling my creative urges in order to produce unique food in Eindhoven. My inspiration for my work is the miracle of life. Its not just about food! its about VALUE!
the Waew Food Programme is born out of a combination of my education, training and experience, which allows my perspective as a food artist to remain traditional and future of food.
MY STUNNING CREATIONS
ROOM IN THE ELEPHANT
LAST MAY 2019 WAEW MADE THE LOTTERY TUK-TUK PAPERMACHE (INVITED BY WALL STREET EINDHOVEN) WHICH WAS SHOWN IN THE VAN ABBE MUSEUM FOR MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART IN EINDHOVEN. IN JULY THE ARTWORK WAS SHOWED WITH THE THAI FESTIVAL 2019 IN THE HAGUE. IN OCTOBER, WAEW HAS BEEN INVITED BY THE DUTCH DESIGN STUDIO ATELIER NL TO GUIDE THEIR STUDENTS FROM DESIGN ACADEMY EINDHOVEN TO COOK AND SERVE TWO EXPERIMENTAL DINNERS IN A DIFFERENT WAY UNDER THE EVENT’S NAME “ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM”. THIS NEW PROJECT IS A COMBINATION FROM THE PREVIOUS PROJECTS. THEY HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED INTO A NEW ARTWORK CALLED ‘THE ROOM IN THE ELEPHANT’ WHICH IS A POP-UP RESTAURANT, CREATED INSIDE A HAND-MADE PAPERMACHE ELEPHANT. DUE TO THE COVID-19 REGULATIONS IT IS MADE FOR ONLY ONE PERSON AT THE TIME. THE TITLE OF THE PROJECT REFERS TO THE ELEPHANT, AS A SYMBOL OF THAILAND.
‘ROOM IN THE ELEPHANT’ IS A PROJECT WHICH IS PART OF THE WAEW FOOD PROGRAMME. WAEW IS A THAI ARTIST PASSIONATE ABOUT COMBINING FOOD, THAI CULTURE, PERFORMANCE AND ARTWORKS. THE WAEW FOOD PROGRAMME REFLECTS HER PERSONAL QUESTIONS AND DESIRES IN RELATION TO LARGER TOPICS AS POLITICS, MIGRATION AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCES. THIS TIME WAEW ENTERS THE DUTCH ARTWORLD IN HER THAI TROJAN HORSE: A SELF-CONSTRUCTED ELEPHANT (WITH A ROOM IN IT). THE PROJECT WILL BRING THESE TOPICS COMBINED TOGETHER. THE ONE PERSON RESTAURANT INSIDE THE ELEPHANT IS MEANT TO GET A NEW EXPERIMENT IN DIFFERENT WAYS AS BEFORE. FOR THE FOOD, WAEW WANTS TO CREATE MENUS THAT ARE RELATED TO THAI PROVERB AND THE FOOD OF THE ELEPHANTS, ALL WITH LOCAL INGREDIENTS. THE ENTRANCE TO THE RESTAURANT IS THE ELEPHANT’S MOUTH.
AT THE 21th-22th OF MAY I WILL SERVE A 1 PERSON THAI DINNERS INSIDE THIS ELEPHANT AT ONOMATOPEE ART GALLERY AND 17th-18th OF JUNE AT MU ARTSPACE. WE WILL ENSURE THAT ALL COVID-19 GUIDELINES ARE FOLLOWED. BOOK A SPOT FOR YOUR FIRST CORONA-PROOF DINNER OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE!
ALONE TOGETHER 2020
Diary exhibition online
This is my first exhibition project online. Whether my work is based on text, images, and a different medium, providing a brief summary will help visitors understand the context and background. Then use the media section to showcase my project! How we feel right now with the COVID-19 situation, How we suffering? How we help each other? So, I started my diary with my photos.
The Living Table is an experimental concept between familiarity in daily life and new experiences. Normally, when people are eating food, whether at home or outside, they all have to sit in a chair at a dining table. To break this static setting the idea started to change the normal dining table into a living table. Let people become the carrier of food arrangements. Will this possible? This experiment is a collaboration between food artist, Waew Voraphotmuangman and fashion designer who makes wearables made from rubber, Khun Nim Kaewtrakan Both of us have worked on this concept and developed a design for a performative food presentation.
As for the food styles that we offer, there will be a combination of East and West. Style. And I will cook the unique local ingredients. According to the locality with a presentation in the Westside.
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
October 25th-26th, 2019
During Dutch Design week in Eindhoven I have been invited by Atelier NL to guide their students to Cook and serve two experimental dinners on their own created tableware. This took places on two different locations, one private setting at Beeldenstorm and one in WallStreet Eindhoven restaurant.
After the Waew Food Programme collaboration with the Wall Street restaurant. This project we're focused on politics and cultural differences. I also investigates the surreal economy, because superstition in a big economy in Thailand. Therefore my "Lottery Tuk-Tuk" was installed at the Van Abbe Museum and showed the artwork for Thai Festival at The Hague, Netherlands in July too.
NON NATIVE NATIVE EMBASSY
The Non Native Native Embassy is a cultural platform which looks into the Asian creative landscape in The Netherlands through the lens of the outsiders from within. The platform is initiated by Bella Phromchanya & Darunee Terdtoontaveedej and supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. They're invited me to participate the event of the Me, Asian?! lecture series at Leiden University College, The Hague. And I have sent them my presentation about the Waew Food Programme all the series that I have done before.
For three months I have worked on the food project as a food artist again in Wall Street where I cooked for experimentation every Wednesday. The menu variety every week with fine dishes from my native north Thailand food, and my mom recipes. During the biggest design event in the Netherlands, Dutch Design Week 2018, I cooked in collaboration with Gwen Schenkel Full-time for a full restaurant. The "Voraphotmuangman&Schenkel" kitchen explored the combination of Dutch and Thai cuisine leading to surprising new menus.
TXT X THE WAEW FOOD PROGRAMME
TxT is a design studio from Thijme, Julian and Maris Maassen. They have been invited me to collaboration together for their T-shirts. And our designed was combination between their drawings and my hand-writhing in Thai.
THE WAEW FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP)
Together with Lucas Maassen we created "the Waew Food Programme" The WFP is a practical economical installation in which I cooked Thai food every Wednesday as a trials for a period 2 months at Wall Street Eindhoven (center for Art, Food and alternative economics). Every week we zoomed in on personal questions and desires, and zoomed out on lager topics like politics, migration, sexuality and cultural differences. Connected to these themes we developed a video and special menu every week.
Bangkok, Thailand & Eindhoven, NL