Limerick, Ireland

Inês Neto dos Santos, FERMEN-TOUR // Limerick

We’re delighted to announce that Inês Neto dos Santos is on residency with EVA International during November and December 2021, as part of the MagiC Carpets programme funded by Creative Europe. Originally scheduled to unfold in 2020 after Inês’ first site visit to Limerick, it was delayed in response to the consequences of COVID-19.

During the residency Inês will develop workshops with local communities from the Limerick School of Art and Design and café Canteen, to explore fermentation and other food processes as a metaphor for collaborative practices, community living and autonomy. This project follows on from her continued research interests around the practical and metaphorical dimensions of fermentation.

The process relies on the constant exchange of information between food and its surrounding environment, a time-based process that may be influenced by elements such as temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure and even contiguous fauna and flora. For Inês, fermentation works as a site-specific archive of hyperlocal information, a unique map of space-time points that rely on a constant and symbiotic microbial relationship linking humans and nature. Within the current context of our climate and health crises, Inês explores how fermentation can teach us about the importance of slowing down, the interconnectedness of all beings, and the possibility and benefits of living in a circular symbiosis. The process of fermentation allows us to become closer not only to ingredients and their characteristics, but to taste time and place too, potentially growing our understanding of our surroundings, ourselves and each other.

Inês has been working with curator Niamh Brown (Creative Producer, EVA International) to explore dimensions to fermentation in Limerick during her residency, to see how we can learn from this age-old process, and how might it already be incorporated into our daily lives. To pursue these ideas a new fermentation station has fabricated for the FERMEN-TOUR // Limerick project. The mobile station is designed to move from place to place, and be activated through workshops, knowledge exchanges and communal meals. In December 2021, Inês will return to Limerick to design a menu and share a dinner with all the participants, to taste the fermentation produce from the workshops.


Inês Neto dos Santos is a multi-disciplinary artist currently based in London. There, she completed an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art (2016) and a BA in Graphics and Illustration at the London College of Communication (2013). Neto dos Santos’ practice stands between performance and installation, using food, people, and spaces as metaphors and prompts for discussion and conversation. Her work focuses on ideas around sustainability, narrative, collaboration, and togetherness. Neto dos Santos’ teaches, writes, and cooks as part of her art practice, in order to inform her work in a variety of ways. Recent group shows and projects include Expedition Empathy, Walk&Talk arts festival, Azores (2019); Tender Touches, AMP Gallery, London (2019); Darlings of the Underground, Subsidiary Projects, London (2019); Matérias Primas, PADA Studios, Barreiro (2018); Should I Stay or Should I Go, Barbecho, Madrid (2018); Art Night Party, Phillips, London (2018); A Toolkit for the Future, V&A Museum and Arcade East, London (2018). In 2019, Neto dos Santos was artist in residence at Villa Lena, Tuscany.