The Empire Remains Shop
Book launch with Cooking Sections in conversation with Filipa Cesar
Launch in Germany of The Empire Remains Shop – Cooking Sections' first book following the eponymous ongoing research and installation.
'Empire shops' were first developed in London in the 1920s to teach the British to consume foodstuffs from the colonies and overseas territories. Although none of the stores ever opened, they were intended to make previously unfamiliar produce and products – sultanas from Australia, oranges from Palestine, cloves from Zanzibar, and rum from Jamaica – available in the British Isles. The Empire Remains Shop speculates on the possibility and implications of selling the remains of the British Empire in London today. Based on a public installation that took place in London in the autumn of 2016, The Empire Remains Shop book catalogues and develops the installation's critical program of discussions, performances, dinners, installations and screenings hosted at 91–93 Baker Street. The contributions each use food to trace new geographies across the present and future of our postcolonial planet. Structured as a franchise agreement, The Empire Remains Shop lays out some of the landscapes, imaginaries, economies, and aesthetics that future iterations of the shop would need to address in order to think through political counter structures for a better distributed, hyper-globalised world.
The book includes a foreword by Elizabeth A. Povinelli and contributions from Elisabetta Brighi, Filipa César, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Jesse Connuck, Daniel Conway, Annalee Davis, Forager Collective, FRAUD, Ros Gray, Raphaël Grisey, Nitasha Kaul, Harry Keene, Laleh Khalili, Richie Maitland, Asunción Molinos, Shela Sheikh, Shahmen Suku/Radha La Bia, Bouba Touré, and Nicole Wolf.