Palestine Hosting Society: a collective in the
Palestine Hosting Society is collective that welcomes food enthusiasts, cooks, artists, researchers and those interested in the culture of food.
The collective aims to create a platform for food enthusiast to construct and reconstruct their relations with place, history, society and politics over food. Each member of this collective will be engaged in a personal research based on eating, reading, conversations, and thinking of culinary interventions, that unpack broader social concerns and limitations vis-à-vis contemporary political dilemmas that construct our nowadays Palestinian communities.
Food has always been a representation of class, time, and power. It creates a significantly different atmosphere for encounters to be happen. Sharing food puts on the table aspects of hospitality, distribution, exchange, familiarity and pleasure. A shared meal, can become a space of reflection for socio-political realities, attitudes, fashions of the time, and even the suppressed elements of history.
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" and "Food Walks". 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.
Palestine Hosting Society is a project by artist Mirna Bamieh.