Logo of the Palestine Hosting Society: A meatball on a grape leaf

Logo ​Palestine Hosting Society



Palestine Hosting Society: A collective in the making

ifa Gallery | Berlin | 13.09.2019 | 19.00 – 21.00 Uhr

Talk | Palestine Hosting Society is a live art project that explores traditional food culture in Palestine especially those that are vanishing or on the verge of disappearing. The project brings these dishes back to life over dinner tables, walks, and various interventions.

After an intensive research period for each project, the collective creates a menu that is shared over one long table for 40-60 guests, with dishes carefully selected to create spaces of reflection upon socio-political realities, attitudes, and historical practices, and even the suppressed elements of history.

Palestine Hosting Society is founded and run by artist and cook Mirna Bamieh, as an extension of her art practice that often looks at the politics of disappearance, and memory production. Mirna creates artworks that unpack social concerns and limitations in contemporary political dilemmas, and reflect on the conditions that characterize Palestinian communities.

To date, Palestine Hosting Society has created several projects, including “Family Dinners”, “Our Nabulsi Table”, “Our Jerusalem Table”, “A Wondering in Flavors: The Old City of Jerusalem, a table, a tour and a map”, “The Wheat Feast”, “The Edible Wild Plants of Palestine Table”, “Our Gaza Table” and “Food Walks”.

Presentation and tasting with Mirna Bamieh (artist, cook, Jerusalem/ Palestine)




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