What is preserved in the flesh: identity and heritage in South America around corned beef

Markowski Eric Javier
2022 Quaderni Culturali IILA  
This work aims to highlight the link between South America and Europe regarding the production, marketing and consumption of corned beef. This high protein canned food made from processed beefwas highly required in war contexts (First and Second World War) to feed soldiers and civilians. While Europe faced the battle, in America they invested in its elaboration (acquiring fields, cattle and employing labor). They built unprecedentedindustrial complexes, strategically located next to rivers and
more » ... eas to facilitate river transportationof the product. Thousands of migrants and immigrants came to them who, given the possibility of employment, began to travel to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. The following essay is the result of an artistic-visual research created froma family anecdote inwhich HenrykMarkowski and Giuseppina Lunghi (of Polish and Italian origin) arrived in South America in 1947 for a can of "Industria Argentina"meat.
doi:10.36253/qciila-1506 fatcat:yqawn2j7rjdtxpydzl7n7cplpe