Everyday objects laden with metaphor, linear objects drooping against walls, and mirror images with deliberate imperfections lend a hallucinatory quality to the works of Alicja Kwade, unsettling our understanding of science and the meaning of reality. In happy contrast, her dish of choice is a simple green papaya salad. ‘The first time I made it was during an artist residency for L’Association Martiniquaise pour l’Art Contemporain in Martinique,’ she says. ‘Their small boathouse is the most beautiful place on earth I know.’


Green papaya
Garlic clove
Coconut oil (or another neutral oil)
Salted peanuts


Grate the green papaya flesh, chop the chilli finely, crush or cut the garlic, and mix them with the juice of a lime. Add some oil and sprinkle some chopped peanuts on top. §

As originally featured in the July 2018 issue of Wallpaper* (W*232)