Selina invites you to her own version of a midnight feast: somewhere between the confessions made over coffee at weight watchers, and the sloppy drunken story- telling of a 3am kebab. Chewing the Fat is a powerful and extremely open portrayal of how we live with our bodies, on both the days when they are beautiful, and the days when they are a burden.
“It felt like there was a gap, that there was a truth about being fat that body positivity wasn’t covering, and that beauty conventions shut out: so I tried to make something that questioned those issues honestly. Honest conversations about our bodies are so loaded, and difficult to have: it’s a real mess.” Selina Thompson
However, this isn’t your usual touring show. In the lead up to CHEWING THE FAT at The Civic Selina will be presenting a work in progress display of KUMMERSPECK, a free installation as part of her Edible Woman project. Inspired by the German word of the same name, translated as ‘grief bacon’, KUMMERSPECK will explore our approach to emotional eating from the mundane daily dinners to life’s big celebratory feasts. During 3-20 November participants will be able to share their food stories to be included in The Panorama exhibition, helping to create a map of our fascination and flirtation with food.
“A credible and slick piece of work, by turns disconcerting and uplifting” ¶¶¶¶ Paul Couch, The Public Reviews
KUMMERSPECK exhibits in the Panorama Monday 3 November until Thursday 20 November. All exhibitions are free admission.
CHEWING THE FAT is at The Civic on Thursday 20 November at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 full price and £8 concessions.
For more information and to book visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.