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Denali Thai Food


The State of Alaska was formerly part of Russia until 1867, when it was sold to the United States for 7,200,000$ and became the 49th State of the Union in 1959.
I travelled there in summer 2015 on my first vacation with my father.

This trip had waited twenty-seven years and a month: the occasion arrived unexpectedly, with a certain degree of uneasiness and the right space for refinement.

I joined my father and his family in Alaska in July 2015. We rented an RV in Anchorage and drove northwards along the George Parks Highway passing through Talkeetna, the Denali National Park and Preserve and Nenana. I had heard about those places through his stories and adventures many times. My father is a musher; he leads dogsleds. Once reached Fairbanks, we spent few days in the area before heading back southwards along the Richardson Hwy till Glennallen, where we turned west to Anchorage.

The travel lasted twelve days and more than one thousand miles.
I shot with three different cameras using both colour and b/w films. Black and white rolls went burned by a photography studio and one of my cameras burnt half of coloured ones. The result is incoherent, so were my thoughts and feelings during the travel.

This is Denali Thai Food.

Alicja Khatchikian (Gorizia, 1988) è un’antropologa.
Dopo gli studi triennali in Scienze Politiche (Università degli Studi di Trieste), ottiene la laurea specialistica in Antropologia Sociale e Culturale presso l’Università di Vienna con una tesi sulla performance art.
Ha condotto ricerca etnografica in Perù, Namibia, Italia, e Cina (2016).
I suoi interessi di ricerca ruotano attorno alle intersezioni tra arte e antropologia, cultura materiale e visuale. Al momento vive e lavora a Torino, dove ha co-fondato Quiet Propaganda Studio.

Alicja Khatchikian (Gorizia, 1988) is an anthropologist.
After her undergraduate studies in Political Science (University of Trieste), she obtained a MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Vienna with a thesis on performance art.
She has conducted ethnographic research in Peru, Namibia, Italy, and China (2016).
Her research interests revolve around the intersections between art and anthropology, material and visual culture. She currently lives and works in Turin, where she co-founded Quiet Propaganda Studio.