Art: How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes?, Bristol

Now that I live in Cotham, my walk to work each morning takes me through Stokes Croft and the 'Bearpit' – the convergence of several underpasses that has been converted into an art installation and social space complete with ping pong tables, market stalls and hippy eateries. 

Stokes Croft – a small stretch of road lined with alternative venues and adorned in politicised graffiti – has named itself a 'People's Republic' and is famed for uprisings against new Tesco stores, having more independent supermarkets than you could ever need and hosting cooler-than-most hipster hangouts. It is also (and I only found this out at the beginning of this week despite having lived here for six months) twinned with three places: St Ives in Cornwall, Montmartre in France and Wan Chai in Hong Kong. The place never fails to be ridiculously, eccentrically 'arty'. And I am, of course, increasingly smitten with this shabby (chic) corner of Bristol.

The latest addition to the Bearpit is an outdoor exhibition entitled How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes?. Curated by the People's Republic of Stokes Croft the installation encourages us to think about decades of struggle for democracy and peoples' rights whilst we rush to catch a bus in the early morning sun, or bow our heads against sideways rain on the way to the city's shopping quarter. There are bold motifs and important quotes for sure, but my favourite details are those added by the late-night Bearpit drinkers.

Q: How does an activist eat potatoes?
A: (unofficial) In a white wine sauce at The Canteen.

Precious. And speaks volumes, trust me. Oh Stokes Croft, how I adore you...

How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath












How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath


How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 
How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath


How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? | Photo: Rosie Pentreath



How Does An Activist Eat Potatoes? runs until 30th November 2013.
Visit: prsc.org.uk


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    1. Thanks :) I definitely have a bit of wanderlust right now.. I dream of taking my camera and running away to some far-flung corner of the earth to take pictures and write about them.

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