"Before it was a service, Mass was a meal. Between 0-364 AD, Christian communities put aside their obligations and gathered for agape ("love" in greek) feasts around a table in order to commemorate the Last Supper. As the writer Alain De Botton points out in his book Religion for Atheists, there is an almost universal lack of food venues that help us transform strangers into friends. The focus is never on opportunities for extending and deepening affections. During the daytime, Agape Banquet will become a space to learn the making of fresh pasta, a centuries-old Italian domestic tradition that is both a therapeutic and sculptural act, bringing the community together in a slow, hands-on process. What is sculpted collectively by day will be eaten communally by night along dressed-up tables. Following the definition of an Agape Restaurant, there will be open doors, a modest entry fee for the supper, and a seductive interior. In its seating arrangement, participants will be mixed and reconfigured, signalling their allegiance to a spirit of community and friendship."
Curated by Isabel Blanco-Fernández and Linda Rocco.