Dutch photographer Erik Klein Wolterink seems to have thoroughly explored the interior spaces especially the kitchen through his experimental photography series of Kitchen portraits. Wolterink opened up all the shutters of the kitchen units to expose the ‘N’ number of kitchen products like cooking pots, pans, detergent bottles, napkins, food boxes & bottles collected over months or even decades. The photographer captured several images and rearranged them to form one unit highlighting the consumerist lifestyle of the 21st century people.

“A well-stocked kitchen refers to Turkish cookery with goat’s cheese and halal sausage. But the mix for homemade apple pie is a witness of an open attitude towards other customs. A mother shows her African roots with a plastic Voltic Sparkling Water bottle filled with palm oil. Female students undermine our prejudices with a spotless kitchen. In the kitchen of a family with growing children, a packet of Korma curry of Pakistani descent and cardamom pods try to square themselves with Dutch kitchen habits. Here the Dutch sandwich culture leaves its traces in the sandwich wrappers in the drawer, the sandwiches in the fridge and the Nutella chocolate paste in the sink cupboard next to the abrasive agent. The kitchen as metaphor of a complex, multicultural reality.”

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