L. Sasha Gora (Canada/Germany) is a cultural historian and writer with a focus on food studies and contemporary art. Her research and writing concentrates on the relationship between food and migration, on restaurant politics, and on how human appetites transform environments.

During her residency at Delfina Foundation, as part of The Politics of Food programme (autumn 2022), Sasha will consider extinction through a culinary lens. In dialogue with her larger research project Off the Menu, at Delfina Foundation she will zoom in on substitutions—their practices, discourses, and politics—to ask: How do cuisines chart, mourn, and perhaps even aim to counter environmental loss?

In 2020 Sasha received a PhD from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich on the subject of Indigenous restaurants in the lands now called Canada. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley, a postdoctoral research fellow at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and is currently a lecturer at the Rachel Carson Center. Following her Delfina Foundation residency, Sasha will join the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen as an international fellow.

From the politics of serving wild game to figurative painting and feminism and from cookbooks by artists to shellfish and sustainability, Sasha’s writing has been published by Gastronomica, BBC Travel, Eaten, C Magazine, The Preserve Journal, and others. Her first book – Culinary Claims – is forthcoming. In 2015 she co-curated FOOD SOUND UNDERGROUND at MaximiliansForum, Munich, which featured the work of Rafram Chaddad and Marije Vogelzang. Since then, she has given talks and collaborated on culinary events at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, the Contemporary Food Lab, Berlin, Whose Museum, Malmo, and Ocean Space, Venice.

Sasha was born in Toronto, Canada, and is currently based in Munich, Germany.

With support from

Gaia Art Foundation


The Politics of Food:
Season 5


Autumn 2022

Artist’s website



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