The Mausoleum of Rejected Citrons
Site-specific installation, 2021, 1000 citrons
For the past 700 years, Rabbis from around the world have been coming to the Italian region of Calabria every summer in search of the perfect citron (Etrog / Cedro). Following a strict list of aesthetic criteria, they go back to their communities accompanied by one lucky, flawless citron, which then stands at the centre of a Jewish holiday ritual taking place in autumn. ‘Mausoleum of Rejected Citrons’ consists of 1000 imperfect, deformed, damaged and unselected citrons that were left behind to decay, covering the entire floor of the Chiesetta Gotica in Squillace, Calabria.