Nyanan explores the rich and complex history of the Surinamese kitchen, and is specifically highlighting colonial influences.
Surinamese cuisine is a cultural melting pot, formed by a fusion of indigenous, African, European, Asian and Caribbean influences.
Suriname's colonial history, which introduced different population groups through its history of enslavement and contract labour, created a unique culinary mix. These colonial relationships have left deep marks on Surinamese cuisine and led to a dynamic fusion of flavours, ingredients and cooking techniques.
It is important not to ignore the history of colonial rule and its impact on the Surinamese kitchen. It reminds us of the unequal power relations, the suffering of the enslaved and the resilience of the Surinamese people in preserving and transforming their culinary heritage.
The photographs tell the historical layers of Surinamese cuisine.
Surinamese cuisine is not only a source of food is but also a powerful expression of the resilience, diversity and cultural mixing of the Surinamese people. Through photographs, Charmaine aims to pay tribute to the people who have contributed to Suriname's tasty and complex culinary traditions for generations.