Food Landscapes

Migrant's Bureau

Langar, the food served at Gurudwaras, is served free to people without discriminating against anyone based on religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity. Mosques serve food for iftar. Voluntary and Community sector organisations, mutual aid groups, Campaign groups organise around food.

Allotments, community gardens, farms, are central spaces of organising for land, environmental and social justice. How can food tell stories of Bristol Neighbourhoods?

MB will be mapping different sites and neighbourhoods in Bristol and to tell visual and sonic stories of political/social/religious organising, especially among migrant and disenfranchised communities, during the pandemic and before, through food.

During strikes and protests, there is always food being served and exchanged. Complex spaces of sharing food brings people together and forms the foundation of networks within families and communities.

Spaces which stock or provide culturally specific food can become ‘home’ for migrant and disenfranchised communities, reflecting complexities of the experiences of communities where the food comes from. Eg, The Gujarati community who have migrated to the UK from East Africa, which has created its own food culture.

Video Collaboration: Migrant's Bureau x Vicarious Visuals
Donations have been made to:
– Houria, St. Werghburgs
– La Ruca, Gloucester Road
– Gurdwara Sri guru Singh sabha, Easton
– Paradigm Network

Special thanks to Arawelo Eats, La Ruca and Easton Jamia Masjid

Project Documents

  1. Food Landscapes

Click the link above to download an essay by Hanifah Sogbanmu, and listen to the podcast below (or listen on Soundcloud)

Image Gallery

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Project Events

Whose legacies are within our food? How can we build more sustainable spatial environments and experiences centered around food? What are the memories and dreams of food that haunt and excite us?

Migrant's Bureau - Food Landscapes: Speakers: Alisha Morenike Fisher - MB (Co-Hosting), Ishwari Bhalerao - MB (Co-Hosting), Hanifah Sogbanmu - MB (Co-Hosting), Fozia Ismail - Arawelo Eats, Genevieve Shaun - PhD researcher in Architectural Space & Computation, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Thursday 17 June 2021, 12:30-1:30pm

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Project Team

Ishwari Bhalerao
Arts and Community Manager, Migrants Bureau


Alisha Morenike Fisher
Environmental design practitioner & researcher, Co-founder and Co-director, Migrants Bureau


Hanifah Sogbanmu
Architecture & Community Collaborator, Migrants Bureau


Fozia Ismail
Arawelo Eats


Genevieve Shaun
PhD researcher in Architectural Space & Computation, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

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