The Mausoleum of Rejected Citrons
Site-specific installation, 2021, 1000 citrons
For the past 700 years, rabbis from around the world have been travelling to the Italian region of Calabria every summer in search of the perfect citron, or etrog in Hebrew and cedro in Italian. Guided by strict aesthetic criteria, they return to their communities accompanied by one lucky, flawless citron, which becomes central to a Jewish holiday ritual taking place each autumn. In ‘Mausoleum of Rejected Citrons,’ 1,000 citrons, which are imperfect, deformed, damaged, rejected and left behind to decay, cover the entire floor of the Chiesetta Gotica in Squillace, Calabria.