A House With A Date Palm Will Never Starve (Red Foiled), 2019

A House With A Date Palm Will Never Starve (Red Foiled), 2019
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A House With A Date Palm Will Never Starve (Red Foiled), 2019

By: MICHAEL RAKOWITZ

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Michael Rakowitz’s work, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist was unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square.To celebrate the occasion, Plinth have worked with Rakowitz to produce a limited edition that is inspired by the artist's interest in themes of food and hospitality as a means by which to bridge cultural and political divides and the Arabic proverb: A House With A Date Palm Will Never Starve.Each piece consists of a date syrup tin, sourced from Karbala in Iraq and 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 Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist is itself made of date syrup cans, alluding to the economy for a foodstuff destabilised by the war that saw the original Lamassu destroyed.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 feature in the Fourth Plinth commission itself, and a playful invitation to the public to take a piece of it home with them.

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Iraqi date syrup, tinned, and artist's cookbook

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