If I'm a Prince and You're a Prince, Who Will Lead the Donkeys?
Group show Re-visiting Rockefeller, Rockefeller Archeological Museum, Jerusalem IL
"...Alona Rodeh incorporates an altered readymade sculpture into the space, featuring the Baths of Jericho’s Hisham’s Palace (Khirbat al-Mafjar). The sculpture belongs to the genre of decorative objects usually placed at the entrance to restaurants and characterized by grotesque and exaggerated features. By placing it along the main axis of the display hall and at the top of a series of pedestals arranged in ascending order, Rodeh shifts the hall’s center of gravity and creates a hierarchical system in which the well-worn sculpture of the waiter becomes the ruler of this imaginary kingdom. This positioning raises questions concerning the relationship between the contemporary and the ancient and delineates several parallels as well as intersecting lines of comparison. This post-apocalyptic environment, where fragments of the figures that survived the inferno are scattered on the floor and high and low are intermixed so that the arched ceiling sits on the floor, acts as a backdrop to a play in which the seasoned waiter takes the place of the king and the latter can only stand on the sideline and watch him with unseeing eyes." —Sally Haftel Naveh
Found object, wooden pedestal
Documentation: Michal Baror