Critical Cooking Show - Zuri Camille de Souza - Let Us Heal Together

Let Us Heal Together

Zuri Camille de Souza


Zuri Camille de Souza, Let Us Heal Together, 2020.


Critical Cooking Show
January 2021

Filmed during and just after a two-month lockdown in Marseille, Let Us Heal Together is a visual exploration of a chalky, herbaceous landscape, as well as a guided meditation on how to develop relationships with the plants around us. While the flora are specific to the coastal, mountainous landscape, the intentions and ways of approaching them constitute a globally adaptable approach (like a basic recipe that can be developed and fine-tuned according to local tastes, desires, and seasons.)

Bringing into dialogue the blue waters of the Mediterranean and the intricate ecology of the garrigues—white stone, rosemary, thyme, and wild asparagus coexisting with salsify, savory, and acanthus—Let Us Heal Together also serves as a personal archive of a daily ritual—the act of walking the dog every morning and evening on the hill, following unknown (but later familiar) paths; harvesting herbs; observing the changing of a meadow during the blissful coming of spring, followed by a searing, dry summer.

Critical Cooking Show is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Istanbul Design Biennial within the context of its fifth edition, Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one.

Nature & Ecology
Food & Cooking, Rituals & Celebrations, Covid-19, Mediterranean, Plants & Forests
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Zuri Camille de Souza is a chef and designer working with landscapes, the ocean and migration. She is currently based in Marseille, where she runs Sanna, a creative catering studio working around sensitive, plant-based meals rich in flavor and history.

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