The dinner performance “Telawif” deals with the role of food in shaping cultural and political identities under the circumstance of migration. The evening includes a four-course meal – appetizer, salad, main dish and dessert – based on recipes from Dr. Erna Meyer’s cookbook “How to cook in Palestine?” (1936). This was the first cookbook in Mandatory Palestine published in Hebrew, German and English. Ann-Kathrin Müller and Julia Schäfer, use archival materials and fresh ingredients as they guide the audience through the evening, ques- tioning how the medium of the cook- book was used to mobilize women for socio-political purposes. Liebling Haus in Tel Aviv, home to German immigrants, was built in 1936, the same year of the publi- cation of the book by Meyer, who was born in Berlin and immigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1933. In this sense, the performance explores traces of German-Jewish immigrants in modern-day Israel. “Telawif” is part of the artist’s ongoing artistic research “What shall we eat this time?”

2 Tische, 4 Bänke, 2 Kochkisten, 1 Servierwagen, 1 Serviette, 4-Gänge-Menü, 2 Overalls, Soundscape, Slide Show, Text (engl., hebr., dt.)

Voice 1: “What shall I cook?” writes Meyer, “[…] The different climate and its effects force the European woman to rearrange her whole life, not least her cooking, which is not so easy to cope with.”


Erna Meyer: How to cook in Palestine?, Palestine Publishing Co., 1936, p. 7.

Voice 2: “While being cooked the protein of the egg white undergoes denaturation and loses its li- quid state. It turns opaque and solid. As skin is made of proteins, it denaturates when expo- sed to extreme sunlight – this applies to human skin just as much as to the skin of fruits like apples or grapes.”

Dinner Performance

14. November 2022, 19:30


Ron Azar


zusammen mit ga.holitstic


Studio Tillack Knöll

Sound Editing

Omer Mellamed

Make up

Arava Assaf

Gefördert von

IFA – Ausstellungsförderung im Ausland

Internationaler Kulturaustausch Kulturamt Stuttgart