Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad: Penfold’s Cupboard


Hashemi-Nezhad developed a number of projects and research actions focusing on the spatial politics within Church Street, using methodologies of collaborative research with groups of locals and interventions into public space. One of these was Penfold’s Cupboard, which was established in collaboration between Hashemi-Nezhad and people from Penfold Community Hub in September 2012 as part of the exhibition The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON.

Penfold’s Cupboard holds itinerant and irregular public dinners and lunches that amongst its many intentions, aim to reinforce social relations, make new ones, and create an informal platform for alternative dialogue to ferment around local issues. These gatherings occupy public and private kitchens and run on donations, trust and excitement alone. Each episode is a chance to redefine the restaurant, rewrite the menu and invite new guests.

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This project was commissioned as part of Communal Knowledge which is generously supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The John Lyon’s Charitable Trust and The Showroom Supporters Scheme.


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