Society has become desensitized from the processes food has to go through before it reaches their plates. The slaughter of animals for meat seems to be at the heart of this distance. In order to explore this gap further, Shaakira delved into research surrounding this topic. From an extensive visit to the slaughterhouse to working with children encompassing the topic of slaughter, she aimed to gain insight into their understanding of the connection between animals (life), slaughter (death) and meat (food).
After an insightful workshop, she created the Cowtainer. It is a symbolic cow made out of silicone and is used as a container to serve meatballs on the dining table. In order to get the meatballs out of the cow, you have to literally slaughter the cow ﬁrst.