Michael Rakowitz will perform a performance-lecture entitled Seder for Pompeii, curated by Marianna Vecellio, curator of the Museum, organized as part of the collaboration between the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and the Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological subjects, program conceived for the Archaeological Park of Pompeii by Massimo Osanna and Gabriel Zuchtriegel with Andrea Viliani.
The seder is a symbolic meal made up, as the word indicates, of a particular sequence of foods and prayers held on the occasion of some celebrations of Jewish culture including Easter. It narrates the different moments in the history of the Jewish people, including the conflict with the pharaoh, the ten plagues and the liberation from slavery. For this action, the artist collected numerous objects in lava stone that refer to the history of the archaeological site of Pompeii but also to the recent discovery of the thermopolium, a place of refreshment where the inhabitants of Pompeii used to buy drinks and ready-to-eat foods for daily consumption. The 'thermopoly' itself and, above all, the traces of food present inside its terracotta amphorae, inspired the artist to create a project connected to food and its rituals. Through the practice of storytelling and the food ceremony, the artist recalls the ancient city of Pompeii, bringing it back to life and rebuilding a new community around it.
An audio-video documentation of Seder for Pompeii will be published simultaneously on the portal www.pompeiicommitment.org and on the Digital Cosmo of the Castello di Rivoli.