Something Held in the Mouth

3-6 October 2019

Custom Folkestone, East Yard, Harbour Arm

Something Held in the Mouth was a four day festival bringing together artists and creative practitioners to present a diverse programme of art, exhibitions, events, workshops and talks about the poetics of food, the politics of its migrations and the ways in which our bodies hold these stories. The festival convened dialogues around the way food crosses boundaries and creates connections across the world, exploring the intersections between art, food and local markets to forge new alliances through geopolitical conversations. Highlights included Picnic Poetico, a collective picnic ( Picnic Poetico) drawing on the relationship between artists and the kitchen; Mouthings a day of conversations, lectures and performances ( Mouthings Symposium) about the intimate and global complexities of food production; (Be)longing ((Be)Longing) ** an exhibition that explores the connection of migrant bodies to the land; 50 Years, 50 Stories 50 Farmers’ Tales  **an exhibition created by the University of Kent Ethnobotany department, a community feast designed by artist Lucky Moyo and a panel discussion as part of Platforma Festival.

Artists in the programme include Jorge Menna Barreto (Brazil), Leone Contini (Italy), Amanda Couch (UK), Marta Fernández Calvo (Spain), Lucky Moyo (UK), Clare Qualmann (UK), Raju Rage (UK), Daniella Valz Gen (UK), Helen Davison (UK), Cherry Truluck (UK).

Curated by Madeleine Collie

Image and design by Rovaneche

Funded by Arts Council England, National Lottery Projects Grant, SECCADS and hosted by Custom Folkestone