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"A House With A Date Palm Will Never Starve" x Michael Rakowitz
A limited-edition piece inspired by artist Michael Rakowitz's interest in the themes of food and hospitality as a means by which to bridge cultural and political divides, and the Arabic proverb "ahouse with a date palm will never starve."
Each box contains a date syrup tin (sourced from Karbala in Iraq) accompanied by a signed artist’s book of recipes from chefs including Claudia Roden, Honey & Co., and Michael’s mother, Yvonne Rakowitz. The recipes all incorporate date syrup, whether peripherally or centrally.
The edition constitutes a proposal to reengage with and reinvigorate the market for the syrup, as well as an invitation to a Western audience to discover a Middle Eastern cupboard staple. The work is an edition of 2,376 - the same number of Karbala cans as featured in Michael Rakowitz's 2018 installation "The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist."
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