PhotoIreland Festival 2021

Bite the Hand That Feeds You


Dublin and Online
1-31 July 2021


Artists: aemi, Alan Phelan, Ana Núñez Rodríguez, April Gertler, Dániel Szalai, Deirdre O’Mahony, Fiona Hallinan, Gê Viana, Hans van der Meer, Hertta Kiiski, Jennie Moran, Ksenia Yurkova, Mary Lelo Thebe, Mathieu Asselin, Róisín White, Sheng-Wen Lo, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy.


There is power in how we feed ourselves, with food being the cornerstone of cultures, ideologies, and principles. Eating or not eating can be an act of protest, feeding or not feeding — an act of control; food brings people together and pushes them apart. 


Taking its cue from current conflicts and affairs, the festival generated a discussion around complex social and global issues, with topics ranging from hospitality to colonisation, from hunger to overconsumption, trauma to technology, ethics to ideologies, to sustainability, and even surveillance capitalism. The programme does not claim an all-encompassing representation of food related issues, but is intended as a way to invoke specific questions, ideas, and research; it brings forth questions and considerations towards a conscious and informed consumption. The audience was invited to take a seat at our table and join the conversation on the politics and poetics of food.


The 2021 programme presented three exhibitions in Rathfarnham Castle, Project Arts Centre, and The Library Project in Dublin, and an active online programme through a series of Artist Talks, the Critical Recipes channel, and an online screening co-curated by aemi and Kevin Gaffney.


Materials and Articles


PhotoIreland Festival 2021 Website
Critical Recipes channel
Interview in Totally Dublin August 2021 issue
Interview in Aesthetica Magazine online