At the beginning of the twentieth century, in the Mediterranean, wealthy people ate white processed flour and the poor at whole wheat flour. The white symbolized cleanliness, purity, status. The black: inferiority and poverty. At the beginning of the twentieth first century the wealthy switched bck to whole, black, healthy food that became more expensive and less easily attainable. The poor were left to the subsidized white food which, in countries that live on flour-based food and do not have access to good medical care, became the main cause of diabetes and heart disease.  

 

In an intimate meeting with the artist, seated around a large cutting board, the work tries to reach back to the traditional Mediterranean uses for roofs and methods of  working with nature: the sun, growing, drying, tomatoes, figs, grapes. Seeds that have been ground into semolina and couscous, some of which is returned to the earth and some re-seeded.  

 

Between the spiritual and the corporal, between black and white, between high and low, between utility and ceremony and within the limits of conversation, the roof creates a space for an alternative experience that is dependent on the good will of the sun and sky, provides a new perspective of the power of nature in a city, and a glimpse of its potential and how it can serve us.   

 

Registration for the meeting and conversation with the artist is on-site.

Entrance is dependent on available space.

Agronomical Consulting and Planning: David Mendelbaum

Implementation and Landscape Design: Nadav Oren