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TASTE || Agape Banquet

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Bea Bonafini
Agape Banquet

curated by Linda Rocco & Isabel Blanco-Fernandez


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.



Bea Bonafini (b. 1990, Bonn, Germany. Lives and works in London) studied for her BA at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, 2010–14 and an MA Painting at the Royal College of Art, London. Selected recent exhibitions include: A World Of One’s Own (solo exhibition), Fieldworks Gallery, London, 2017; Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Overnight)?, J Hammond Projects, London , 2017; The House of Penelope, Gallery 46, London, 2017; Summer Blue, Lychee One Gallery, London, 2016; At Home Salon: Double Acts, Marcelle Joseph Projects, London , 2016; Full House, Le Cabinet Dentaire Gallery, Paris, 2015; The Behaviour of Being, Cob Gallery, London, 2015; ART15, Art fair, Live performance with Bosse and Baum Gallery, London, 2015; 15th Cypriot Contemporary Dance Festival (commissioned performance), Limassol, Cyprus, 2015; Anthropophagi (two-person collaborative show with Paola De Ramos), 26 Greek Street, London, 2013

Residencies include: Fieldworks Studio Residency, London , 2017; Villa Lena Art Residency, Italy, 2016; The Beekeepers Art Residency Portugal, in collaboration with curator Mia Pfeifer and Cob Gallery London, 2015
(http://www.beabonafini.com/)


LOST SENSES is Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England


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