The First Supper
Curated by Candice Allison
16 October 2014
The First Supper, an evening of food and art conceived by independent curator Candice Allison (South Africa), took place at Njelele Art Station. The First Supper is the first in her series of curated dinner parties that will respond to an idea or the way we consume art, while encompassing the great delight of simple food and breaking bread with old friends and new acquaintances.
The Gospel story of Jesus sharing a final meal with his Apostles has offered a point of departure for many artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Marisol Escobar, Vik Muniz, Zeng Fanzhi and Susan Dorothea White, whose controversial 1988 painting The First Supper offered the title for the evening’s programme. The common thread running through these works is a fascination with iconography and symbolism in visual communication.
Following communion, a participatory performance led by Candice Allison, guests were invited to ingest a two-course menu of short films, Iyeza (2012) by Kudzanai Chiurai and pumafilmsforpeace (2013) by Zanele Muholi paired with a corresponding dish.