sukkah, 2019, installation view
St Gabriel's Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral
sukkah, a piece originally created for the Canton Scuola synagogue in the Jewish Ghetto in Venice as part of psalm, has been installed in Canterbury Cathedral for Passover, Holy Week and beyond. The work is located in St Gabriel’s Chapel, in the Crypt of the Cathedral, a place famed for its striking early twelfth-century frescoes and Romanesque carvings of animals playing musical instruments.
“It is a great privilege to bring this work to a place that I have known and loved since childhood. Sukkah will have moved from the highest space of the Venetian Jewish Ghetto to deep within the oldest parts of Canterbury Cathedral. Both these spaces contain imagery of celebration and it feels appropriate to be announcing this on the eve of the two great festivals of Passover and Easter. I hope its resonance of vulnerability and protection, contemplation and prayer will be manifest here.”- Edmund de Waal