…demonstrate before the palaces of the rich; demand work.
If they do not give you work, demand bread.
If they deny you both, take bread.
It is your sacred right.
Emma Goldman, 1893
Artist Ruth Ewan will begin an ongoing research project considering the past and present political and social significance of bread. In collaboration with the Borough Market bakery school Bread Ahead and local residents, Ewan will begin a series of workshops where participants will be invited to bake bread and engage in a dialogue with invited specialists including food historians, bakers, food sculptors, food bank organisers and economic experts. The workshops and research will culminate in a project by Ewan for Merge Festival 2015.
Ruth Ewan (born 1980) lives and works in London. Ewan’s work takes many forms including installation, live events and printed matter. Her research driven practice explores overlooked areas of political and social history, addressing these ideas and highlighting their continued relevance today. Encouraging collaboration and participation, in the past Ewan has worked with historians, archeologists, traditional craftsmen, musicians and young people. Recent solo projects and exhibitions include The Darks, Tate Britain (2014), Memorialmania Collective Gallery Edinburgh (2013), Kunstal Charlottenborg Copenhagen (2012), Liberties of the Savoy (2012) Frieze Projects East London, The Glasgow Schools The Common Guild / Glasgow International (2012). Recent group exhibitions include Art or Sound, Foundazione Prada, Venice (2014), In the Heart of the Country The Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2013) and Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789-2013, Tate Liverpool (2013).