The idea of this exhibition comes as a result of an artistic residency that the authors, João Pedro Vale and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira, made at Lofoten, Norway, as part of the Lofoten International Art Festival.
In this residence, they contacted the tungeskjaererne (tongue cutters), children from the age of 5 begin to cut the cod's tongue. In addition to the immediate profit from selling tongues, this process allows them to initiate contact with fishing and the maritime environment. Tongue cutting is an ancient tradition, passed from generation to generation, which makes it possible to draw parallels with the cod fishing boys who also began this activity by cutting tongues in their first cod campaigns.
Inaugurated as part of the National Day of the Sea program, the “Tongue-Twister” is open until March 1, 2020, at the Maritime Museum of Ílhavo.