4 August – 4 November 2016

As part of The Politics of Food programme of events, The Empire Remains Shop opened on 4 August 2016. The exhibition comprised of a dynamic and interactive installation conceived as a storefront display with event spaces in the heart of Marylebone, which acted as a platform to discuss the global circulation of food and consumer choices. The project was conceived by Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe), a London-based independent duo of spatial practitioners that explore the systems that organise the world through food.

The concept originates from Empire Shops, envisioned in the 1920s by the Empire Marketing Board to promote food trade between Britain and its overseas territories. While those shops were never realised, this installation is their contemporary successor. The window display was complemented with a series of free public events including talks, screenings, meals and performances that will expand on the issues being addressed in the display work.