The past few years have revealed the fragility of our food system, with food prices doubling and food supplies disrupted by international conflict, pandemic outbreaks and climate-related extreme weather events. At the same time, households in the UK have been pushed to breaking point as incomes are outpaced by the increasing cost of living.
This exhibition at Beavers Library explores the experiences of feeding a family in this context of overlapping economic, public health and environmental crises. It presents photographs and stories captured by parents living through this crisis and asks questions about what kind of societal changes are needed to support food justice in the future.
This work comes from a participatory research study led by researchers Charlotte Gallagher Squires and Olubunmi Kolawole from the Centre for Food Policy based at City, University of London.
This study worked with Hounslow parents living on a low-income to explore their experiences of feeding their families.
The study findings are being presented to decision-makers in local and national government.
Artists: A. Sekason, Chantelle Mugalu, Ms C, Deqa, Djedjiga, Fahim, Hammida, Serena Harris, Sessie Leitao, Zeinab Aboukar.
Curated by: Charlotte Gallagher Squires and Olubunmi Kolawole.
Charlotte Gallagher Squires is a researcher whose work uses creative and participatory methods to amplify marginalized voices in policy making. She is currently leading the Feeding Our Families project as part of her work at the Centre for Food Policy. She is a trained participatory photography facilitator and has used a range of qualitative, visual and ethnographic research techniques to investigate health inequalities and identify policy solutions. Her research examines peoples’ everyday experience as a route to understand the broader structures and systems we live within and how these can be reshaped for a more socially just society.
Olubunmi Kolawole is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Food Policy. She is currently working on a project for the NIHR-funded Obesity Policy Research Unit, exploring how material, social and economic resources support or undermine parents' abilities to feed their families food which promotes health and nutrition. More broadly, Olubunmi is interested in tackling inequalities through working with communities that have lived experience of these issues, in order to develop policy solutions that are effective and equitable.