FOODCHAIN examined food production and packing in South Lincolnshire, one of the most productive and intensively farmed arable areas of Europe and a historically a destination for migrant workers from all over the world. The project grew out of a 2006 photographic commission for the East Midlands Museums Partnerships.
In the context of the 2004 enlargement of the EU which had rapidly altered the demographics of towns like Boston – leading to the rise of intolerance and UKIP, that work was commissioned to demonstrate the positive contribution of migrant workers to the region and the economy and was toured to 16 Museums in the region. I expanded and developed the project independently during subsequent years.
During 2009 I was able to undertake further research, photographic and film work in the region, joined by Ben Holland on video. The Stringtheory project was realised with help from the Arts Council England, Lincolnshire County Council and Cumbria County Council.
FOODCHAIN film and photography was exhibited at LIGHTHOUSE, Wolverhampton in 2009 and at USHER Gallery, Lincoln in 2010. The photographic series was nominated for Prix Pictet 3 by Gallery of Photography, Dublin.