About'Last Supper' is a performance work by Mexican artist Raà ºl Ortega Ayala, based on the research of food historian Daniel Rogov. Ortega Ayala meticulously recreates the original meal and the rituals surrounding the Last Supper, as believed to have been experienced by the Twelve Apostles and Christ.
Following Rogov's historical and academic research, which reviews the traditions of Judaism and the cooking utensils and ingredients available at the time, Ortega Ayala's performance turns the gallery into an experience of uncanny time travel.
After mapping where the ingredients can be found in the local area, Ortega Ayala himself will cook the Last Supper. The artist becomes not only the investigator of an artistic situation but is also the food provider for a ritualised reconstruction of the sacred event, which he turns into a secular, almost mundane service.
This event will take place on the 6th of April at The David Roberts Art Foundation Fitzrovia. 12 members of the public will be invited to take part in the performance which will be filmed and documented for the exhibition At Your Service, which runs at the Foundation from 17 April 27 June. The video, together with remnants of the meal, will be displayed alongside the recipes and a map of where the ingredients can be found in London.
Produced in collaboration with Rokeby.www.rokebygallery.com