This Meal Reminds Me… Exhibition and Dinner event

Exhibition open Wednesday 3rd, 7-9.30pm & Thursday 4th November, 10am-5pm, free entry
Dinner event Wednesday 3rd November, 7-9.30pm, £12 *SOLD OUT*

Food customs that acknowledge the livings’ relationship with the dead are practiced all over the world, both publicly in ceremonies, and privately at home in the kitchen. Food can provide the opportunity to explore elements of grief through the communal practice of sharing meals.

Alex Mascolo is an Interdisciplinary Researcher, working between the disciplines of Contemporary Art, Anthropology and Photography. She is currently a PhD by practice student at Edinburgh College of Art. Her Research interest focuses on the subject of death, the ways that we commemorate the dead and how we can improve experiences of death, dying and bereavement.

‘This Meal Reminds Me…’ exhibition is a result of Alex Mascolo’s ongoing PhD research into the ways that food is used to connect and commemorate the dead within Britain.

This exhibition will include projections, photographs and example interview transcripts exploring the relationship between grief and food.

Additionally, following the event, all interested will be welcome to book a session with Alex to tell her about a meal that reminds them of a loved one. These interviews are open to all, including those who are unable to make the dinner event. It is worth noting that these one-on-one informal discussions may be used for future research. Please email alex.mascolo@gmail.com or sign up in person at the dinner to secure your time – Alex will be holding the meetings between 10am and 5pm on the 4th of November at Out of the Blue Drill Hall. Feel free to also email with any questions or submit a meal online here: alexmascolo.com/submit-your-meal

Running alongside the exhibition on the 3rd November will be a participatory dinner. In collaboration with Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Alex intends to create a safe, but experimental space for the bereft. The chip shop inspired two-course meal provided will aim to facilitate the sharing of memories of loved ones that have died between attendees. Vegetarian friendly options will also be available.

A portion of the ticket price will be donated to the Refugee Community Kitchen, an organisation which helps to provide food for refugees – and those in need – within both Edinburgh and Calais.

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