Into the food has designed “ITALIAN TAPAS, Italian Food, Spanish Eating ” for Spazio Ginko on occasion of the exhibition of the Spanish sculptor Santi Flores.
His nationality was the main inspiration from the beginning. According to legend, King Alfonso X, “The wiseman” (1221 – 1284), decided that, in all the restaurants in Castiglia, people would not be allowed to drink a cup of wine unless it were combined with food. This decision was adopted in order to prevent people getting drunk too quickly. Originally the “tapa” was usually placed on the jug or wine glass to close and ”tap” the container so that insects could not fall into it, thus the word “tapas” from the Spanish “tapar” that means “close, tap”; the “tapas” consisted of slices of ham or cheese or other “specialities”.
For this project, Into the food wanted to re-propose the traditional way of eating, redesigning the initial concept of tapas and combining it with Italian food. A different way of eating for Italian guests and a traditional re-elaborated dish for the Spanish guests; the food is used to bring together different cultures and to get closer to the artist and his artworks.
Santi Flores | Spazio Ginko 20 settembre – 3 ottobre 2013.