Palestine Hosting Society: a collective in the making.

Palestine Hosting Society is a live-art project founded and run by artist/cook Mirna Bamieh, in collaboration with others. The collective seeks to examine the culture of food in Palestine and beyond. The collective aims to create a platform for food enthusiasts to construct and reconstruct their relationships to place, history, society and politics, over food. Their research unfolds through eating, reading, and conversation. From these the Society develops culinary interventions that unpack social concerns and limitations vis-à-vis contemporary political dilemmas, reflecting upon the conditions that characterise contemporary Palestinian communities.

Food has always been a representation ofclass, 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", “The Whaet Feat, “ The Edible Wild Plants table” and "Food Walks". After an intensive research period for each project, the collective creates a menu that is shared over one long table for 50-60 guests, with dishes carefully selected to create spaces of reflection upon socio-political realities, attitudes, and historical practices.