Spiritual Flavours: a visual project exploring food and faith in West London

Cuch, Laura. 2018. 'Spiritual Flavours: a visual project exploring food and faith in West London'. In: Welcome to the Fake: Photography and the Politics of Authenticity. The Photographers Gallery, London, United Kingdom 14 July 2018. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Spiritual Flavours is a visual arts project resulting in a photographic series, a short film and a 'multi-faith' photo cookbook, which form part of the practice elements of Cuch’s PhD in the Geography department at UCL. This presentation reflects on her experience using photography and film to investigate the relationship between food, faith and everyday material practices of different faith communities in the suburbs West London. Whilst the photographic series focuses on the spatial arrangements of commensality within religious buildings, the book focuses on the more personal narratives, exploring a diverse range of experiences around food and spirituality across both domestic and worship spaces. Cuch discusses how her visual research practice does politics by contributing to a performative understanding of religious culinary traditions in ways that are inseparable from the practices involved in the creative process itself.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


photography, film, food, commensality, faith, everyday practices, material performativity

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Sociology > Kitchen Research Unit


14 July 2018Completed

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The Photographers Gallery, London, United Kingdom

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14 July 2018

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01 Dec 2023 10:51

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19 Feb 2024 16:08



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