(detail) Approximately 400 bars of soap, hand made by the artist, each containing one piece of matzah, also made by the artist in a matzoh factory. Dimensions variable. Goatsmilk soap, glycerine soap, laminate paper, matzah.
chametz-- the antithesis of matzah, anything having been in contact with or made from one of the 5 grains (spelt, oat, rye, wheat, barley). Leavened grain material, i.e. bread, and that which matzah becomes if by slim chance there is any unbaked flour in the matzah, which would become chametz if wet.
matzah -- Unleavened bread prepared from the flour of grains that have not been washed or tempered, and have been milled under supervision, completely protected from any contact with water. Matzah may be prepared only with water that has been stored overnight. The dough may not be left idle for a period longer than 18 minutes. It is rolled thin and then baked. All equipment used in the preparation of Matzah must be constantly cleaned of dough crumbs, and the oven in which Matzah is baked must be set at the proper baking temperature. Insufficiently heated ovens cause leavening to occur. (from the OU Guide to Passover)
The bars of soap are individually wrapped, and installed as a large mound or pile. This is meant to invoke the Holocaust iconography of piles of Jews and Jewish items.
can we wash our exile away?