Residency, 5th - 15th March 2018Inês Neto dos Santos

During this residency, Inês expanded on her ongoing research regarding the values of food in a community context and its potential for togetherness. The starting point for this research lay in understanding food as global language, something that binds and connects us at its most basic function. And as food sustains us, it also acts as a reflection of our habits, beliefs (on an individual level) and cultural identity (on a wider scale). This research had previously taken many forms: including collaborative workshops, performances and dinners as primary sources, as well as an investigation into writings, publications and food-related art and design practices.

With this in mind, Inês explored the dining table as a platform for conversation and making. While in Porto, she focused particularly on the immediate surroundings of the Illustration School (Bonfim): the neighbourhood and its people, small shops and daily habits. Aiming to understand the continuous change the city has undergone and what that means for the locals, she used food as a visual and tactile language to tell stories and ask questions. Food was proposed as a fundamental illustrative practice of our everyday life and, therefore, a powerful tool for discussion, critique and intervention. This investigation took shape in a series of two dinners.

The residency dinners, open to the public, worked as narrative meals and non-linear sensorial maps of Inês’ experience in the city and the local neighbourhood. Through flavours, textures, colours and smells, Inês navigated through local stories – real and imagined –, asking questions such as: How can food connect (or re-connect) us to who/where we are? Can it give us the tools to speak our mind? Can it help us to understand or drive change (i.e. social, cultural, etc)? Can it help us grasp, question or defy our surroundings?

This investigation was documented by Uncanny Editions in the goal of producing a limited editions recipy publication illustrating Ines research. The publication should be published in the fall of 2018.


Inês Neto dos Santos is a multi-disciplinary artist, born in Lisbon (1992) and based in London – where she completed an MA in Visual Communication at Royal College of Art (2016) and a BA in Graphic and Media Design and Illustration at London College of Communication (2013). Her work moves between performance and installation, and stands upon collaboration and conversation. Her practice uses food, people and spaces to question our surroundings, propose new exchanges and discussions and investigates food’s endless potential for togetherness. She has worked and exhibited across Portugal, Spain, UK and Greece. Inês founded Mesa, a project that exists in the form of various eating experiences and supper clubs, which challenge our encounters with art, working as platforms for creative discussion and conversation.

Inês Neto dos Santos é artista multi-disciplinar, nascida em Lisboa (1992) e actualmente sediada em Londres. Foi lá que completou um Mestrado em Visual Communication na Royal College of Art (2016) e um Licenciatura em Graphic and Media Design and Illustration na London College of Communication (2013). O seu trabalho usa a performance e a instalação, e baseia-se em colaborações, conversas e discussões. Utiliza comida, pessoas e espaços como ferramentas para questionar o que nos rodeia, propor novas trocas de conhecimento e ideias, investigando o enorme potencial que a comida tem para nos unir. Já expôs e trabalhou em Portugal, Espanha, Reino Unido e Grécia. Fundou o projecto Mesa, que existe através de supper clubs e outras experiências com comida, para desafiar os nossos encontros com Arte e dar aso a novos debates criativos.