Lunch at the Chhath (छत)

21 / 09 / 21

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Lunch at the छत was a multi-sensory installation I composed as part of my MA Show in collaboration with the Chelsea Canteen Team and my mother, Gina Aunty.

Through this installation, I drew upon the parallels between the rooftop/छत I grew up celebrating every special occasion on in Delhi and the Chelsea Canteen. Both spaces, although geographically apart, were once used as public sites by which people were able to congregate for food and social use. I reimagined the two sites as othered sites that form part of a larger institution or property, which had community and care at their core. 

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As part of the lunchtime service, a specially curated menu was made and served by the Canteen Chefs alongside Gina Aunty 

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A selection of social media posts from the event shared by attendees

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The site-specific installation included 9 hand-painted and custom-cut table runners on silk-sewn covers. Alongside these, every table featured copies of an 84-page hand-painted recipe book I made in collaboration with Graphic Designer, Moesha Parirenyatwa.
The book combined my mother's recipes, family photo archives which documented the छत gatherings together with my paintings.

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A Special Thank You to all Collaborators

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🌻 Anita Kelly: Operations Manager @baxterstorey
🌻 Mena Setola: Marketing Manager @ualcatering
🌻 Natacha Moreira: Marketing @ualcatering
🌻 Dashnor Elezaj: Chelsea Catering Manager
🌻 Viktoras Simutis: Head Chef at Chelsea
🌻 Garret Lynch: Group Chef at UAL
🌻 James Hollingsworth: Facilities Manager
& The reception security team! 🌻

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🌻 Morisha Moodley: Event Filming  
🌻 Jasmine Kingsley-Cole: Analogue and Digital Event Photography 
🌻 Georgina David: Forever #1 Collaborator
🌻 Moesha Parirenyatwa: Book Editing and Print
🌻 Gloria Dass: Chhath Poem (featured on walls
and table cards)

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