Food Ecologies was developed as a pilot residency exchange programme between Scotland and Sweden in 2022. The programme continues in 2024 and is a partnership between Cove Park and IASPIS, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international Programme for Visual and Applied Arts.

The recipient of the 2024 Food Ecologies Residency at Cove Park is Josefin Vargö. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Josefin is a food artist, designer and an independent curator. She works mainly with food as material and meals as a tool, to stimulate conversation and reflections on various themes and behaviours linked to time, food, and craft. Food culture reflects the society we live in, in the form of politics, norms and social patterns. By working with food she can with an investigative approach create sensory and playful provocations that touch upon these points.

Most of Josefin’s work consists of ephemeral and performative installations. She collaborates frequently with other artists, designers, chefs, food ecologists, and composers, and connects to agriculture in her working process. Josefin produces work for both art commissions and commercial productions. 
Josefin has participated in exhibitions and projects with Statens Konstråd (Public Art Agency Sweden), Verkstad Konsthall, The Swedish Institute, Delfina Foundation, Slow Food, The Spritmuseum, 21_21 Design Sight MuseumTokyo, Norberg Festival and Roskilde Festival. She has taken part in many international artist residencies and recently published Högar av Bröd, a short publication together with Verkstad Konsthall.
Image: Josefin Vargö (photography, Stephanie Wiegner).