“… A cultural connection between Somalia and Minnesota hospitality around being generous with milk.”
Lablaab The Spill
Lablaab The Spill is a fabric mural inspired by nomadic Somali weaving with repurposed and organic materials. Using only threading knots, cardboard boxes, thin steel wires and small brads, the 34′ by 13′ fabric mural is built in a way that is easy to deconstruct without damaging the original surface, a nomadic tradition of honoring and working with the environment. Lablaab The Spill depicts a cultural connection between Somalia and Minnesota hospitality around being generous with milk. In Minnesota, milk, even though it is a perishable, is given freely and is even part of the condiment table in many coffee shops. Similarly, Somalis in rural areas serve fresh milk straight from the animal to their guests. These milk jugs were collected from a nearby Dunn Brothers to honor the history of the mural location. Small “Dheels” – milk containers crafted from wood, which have been borrowed from the Somali Museum on Lake Street – are placed throughout. the fabric mural to contrast with the American plastic milk jugs. Frankincense, myrrh, and Somali rose oils are burnt as a traditional sign of hospitality for the intertwined rituals of Somalia and America.