The Ghanaian Kitchen, “Palaver, palaver”

︎Istanbul, Turkey

︎Collaborators: Selassie Atadika (Midunu), Gustavo Crembil

Palaver + Palaver is the first workshop in the development of kitchen prototype, led by a interdisciplinary collaboration between Mae-ling Lokko, Selassie Atadika and Gustavo Crembil that investigates the spatialization and life cycle of the kitchen in response by intersecting drivers - food, food waste and human activity. Much like many other parts of the world, trade liberalization and its ushering in of imported commodities for Ghanaian consumers, worked its way into the Ghanaian home changing the materials it was built with, introducing shiny, display kitchens and changing forever what was put on the plate. Today, the amount of locally-sourced components of contemporary Ghanaian cuisine is shrinking, alongside a knowledge ecosystem around the diverse inventory and processing of local food resources and their fascinating use of by-products from the food value chain. In collaboration with Selassie Atadika Palaver + Palaver’s interactive installation will showcase participatory workshops of kitchen practices in where conversations, where oyster mushrooms fed from the gallery’s coffee shop, are served as prepared meals.

Featured Links: Palaver, palaver at the Istanbul Design Biennial