Berlin-based artist recreates ‘The Last Supper’ with members of his community

Berlin-based artist Ashkan Sahihi recreated Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” but with community members from his Weserstraße Kiez. His piece, “The Last Supper Weserstr.” is on display at Weserhalle in Neukölln until June 7.

Photo by Monika Mueller-Kroll

 

 

A year and a half ago, Benjamin Hammond turned a former Neukölln storefront into a community art space, Weserhalle. The gallery’s current exhibition is Iranian-American, Berlin-based artist Ashkan Sahihi’s “The Last Supper Weserstr.,” a play on Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th-century mural.

According to Sahihi, who also lives on Weserstraße, the 13 people featured in his restaging of ‘The Last Supper’ come from no further than 250 meters away from the gallery.

“Tina Schulze from downstairs became Jesus Christ, and Mohammed, the owner of the deli … he is St. Andrew,” Sahihi says.

Sahihi says the piece is also reflective of the problems and challenges — trust, betrayal and forgiveness — that arise when communities or groups come together.

“The Last Supper Weserstr.” will be on display at the Weserhalle in Neukölln until June 7. 

 

 

 

ASHKAN SAHIHI – THE LAST SUPPER WESERSTR. installation view, photo courtesy of the artist

 

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