Tried & Tasted: Radical Kitchen The People’s Fridge at the Serpentine Galleries

Wed 19th July, Francis Kéré’s Pavilion hosted Radical Kitchen with People’s Fridge.

What is Radical Kitchen: On eight Wednesdays in July and August, a London community group or campaign organisation will assemble in Kéré’s Pavilion at 1pm to share their recipes for creating and sustaining meaningful social change in the city. Deepening the connection with food, these groups will meet over a meal prepared by Mazí Mas, the pop-up restaurant and award-winning social enterprise established for and run by migrant women. Visitors to the Serpentine Pavilion will also be able to purchase food by Mazí Mas, with all proceeds going back to their work and hosted by Mazì Maz providing delicious food and a safe space to share experience and stories.

People’s Fridge, London’s first community fridge, based in Brixton, is a public fridge where people and businesses can donate spare food – or food that would otherwise go to waste – so others can go to the fridge to pick up what they need.

The idea behind the project is about exchange and community building, ecology and conscious consumption. Highlighting the importance of cohesion and sharing, not only of food and resources but experience, stories and moments. Consumption is a tricky topic, especially in a contemporary metropolis like London, and it’s not easy to develop an informed dialogue about the cost and benefits of donating spare food and benefiting from it.

The People’s Fridge Brixton started in May 2016 by a group of food traders and activists inspired by similar projects running in Germany, Spain, India and Somerset. Thanks to a crowdfunding campaign that raised over £2,200 to buy a fridge, and the crucial contribution of notorious food personalities such as Jamie Oliver and Franco Manca’s restaurants, the notoriety of the project grew fast and the news has spread all wide and far.

In times where individuality, alienation and selfishness appear to be the mainstream narrative in order to succeed, projects like Radical Kitchen and The People’s Fridge fight against solipsism and egoism encouraging shared practices, storytelling and solidarity.

Radical Kitchen take places every Wednesday from 1PM at the Pavilion.

The next Radical Kitchen events will be 26th July with FOCUS E15 and Architects for Social Housing focusing on housing emergency and community, and You Make it! – on 2nd August – a project that offers a creative and inspiring programme for young women that puts individuality and self-esteem at its core and empowers young unemployed women to fulfill their aspirations. 9 August 2017 Mazí Mas. On August 16th – The Nzinga Effect -publishes content and organises events focusing on the stories of African women and women of African descent. Radical Kitchen concludes on 23 August with Build Up– runs practical construction projects for 6-20-year-olds, allowing them to design and build structures in their communities.

Please follow the link for more information. #RadicalKitchen

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