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Radical Kitchen at the Serpentine Pavilion: The Nzinga Effect

August 16, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Inspired by Francis Kéré’s stories of gathering, debate and community around a tree in his village of Gando, Burkina Faso, the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 will become host to a series of community picnic talks this summer, Radical Kitchen: Recipes for Building Community and Creating Change.

On eight Wednesdays in July and August, a London community group or campaign organisation will assemble in Kéré’s Pavilion at 1pm to share their recipes for creating and sustaining meaningful social change in the city. Deepening the connection with food, these groups will meet over a meal prepared by Mazí Mas, the pop-up restaurant and award-winning social enterprise established for and run by migrant women. Visitors to the Serpentine Pavilion will also be able to purchase food by Mazí Mas, with all proceeds going back to their work.

Daily life in London is challenging for many due to rapid gentrification and the displacement and dispersal of many once tight-knit communities. How can the city sustain a sense of community and resilience? Founded in 2014, Mazí Mas are a powerful example of a project making meaningful impact on the ground. Recognising that many migrant or refugee women are locked in a cycle of unemployment, Mazi Mas gives skilled home cooks training, payment and support to create sustainable livelihoods for themselves.

Inspired by this model, the Serpentine has invited other groups creating sustainable projects and campaigns in their communities to this new strand of the Pavilion programme. Themes of care, solidarity, survival and resilience run throughout the work of the eight groups involved in Radical Kitchen, who tackle issues as diverse as housing rights, gentrification, food poverty, unemployment, migration, motherhood and community empowerment. These weekly talks will open up discussion to the wider public, exploring questions developed in conversation with Francis Kéré and building on his own ideas of socially-engaged architecture, as embodied in the Serpentine Pavilion 2017.


16 August 2017 The Nzinga Effect
The lives of African women are often the subject of discussion but rarely are these women given a platform to speak for themselves. The Nzinga Effect publishes content and organises events focusing on the stories of African women and women of African descent, driven by a belief that the world deserves to hear about and meet with the many women from Africa changing their countries, their continent and their world. Nzinga defines Africa as the five regions of the continent, and the diaspora. Connection leads to conversation, conversation to collaboration, collaboration to transformation.



August 16, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Serpentine Pavilion
+44 (0)20 7402 6075


Sepentine Pavilion
Kensington Gardens
London, W2 3XA United Kingdom
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+44 (0)20 7402 6075