Bread and charcoal
Installation view, “LUNATIKA”, Ex-Mattatoio (Rome)
Yet another alchemical operation lies behind the workings of water and flour. Baked until almost burnt, deprived of their common value, the loaves are sealed with charcoal. The sorceress baker, as she repeats the ancient gesture, realises that she is taking into her hands a metaphorical remix of elements: the microbial ones belonging to biology, the macroscopic ones to the history of a humanity, that has found in bread its symbolic form of subsistence. With the help of yeasts, she brings the bread back to its essence as an icon to its religious and pagan rituality, in an archaeology of popular myths and folklore that starts from Medieval Europe and until arriving at modernity (text curated by Arianna Tremolanti and Alessia Baranello).