Home | Food - Talk and Film screening on 16 September 2017

Home: Food | Music | Sports is a series of upcoming events I developed and curated for the National Pavilion UAE who commissioned me to come up with a programme in the UAE that can be in dialog with the curatorial theme of its exhibition and publication Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play that is currently showing at the Venice Biennale. 

The programme I developed will be mostly in dialogue with the publication Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play, which includes a series of written and visual essays by writers, curators, academics and artists. The book is available to be purchased here

The events will inlcude a series of talks and film screenings that will address how food, music and sports contribute to building a sense of home and community.

They will take place across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah between September and November 2017. The National has published a feature about this programme which you can read here.

The following is information about the first two events that will take place in Abu Dhabi on 16th November. Stay tuned for details about the next events about music (in Dubai) and sports (in Sharjah) which will be announced in October. 


Home | Food - Creating a sense of home through food  
Date: Saturday, 16th September, 3.00-4.00pm
Venue: Meylas, Al Muneera, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi
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I will be in conversation with writer and NYU Abu Dhabi Institute lecturer Deepak Unnikrishnan about creating a sense of home and community through food. Unnikrishnan's course "Steet Food" at NYU Abu Dhabi invites his students to explore the city through food. We will be talking about this and more on Saturday.

The talk will take place at Meylas, an Emirati cafe/restaurant where you will be able to order delicious tea and light snacks whilst listening to our discussion which I am looking forward to sharing with the attendees. 

The talk is free to attend and if you are on Facebook, you can RSVP here

Film Screening

Home | Food - Soul Food Stories
Date: Saturday, 16th September, 6.00-8.00pm
Venue: Cinema Space, Manarat Al Saadiyat Auditorium, Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
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In collaboraion with Cinema Space, a screening of the documentary Soul Food Stories will take place shortly after the talk at Meylas.  The screening is free to attend, and you can RSVP here. Please note the cafe at this venue is closed, so you can bring along a small snack and drink with you if you like. 

Soul Food Stories
Directed by Tonislav Hristov
Bulgaria, Finland | 2013 | 69 minutes
Bulgarian | English Subtitles
Rating: [ G ] - General Audiences (All ages admitted)

Satovcha is a small Bulgarian village with 2021 residents of different religious and ethnical groups (Orthodox Bulgarians, Muslim Turks, Pomacs and Evangelist Gypsies). People were divided by their past full of conflicts, but now they have find a way to each other through a simple medium – The Food. Now the plates on the table are loaded with pride, identity, common past and friendship, but all this comes with a price. 

Hope to see you at these two events in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, 16th November.