What is the Last Supper Project?
Last Supper is a group performative dinner that offers the opportunity to talk about the role of death and mortality in our lives. A maximum of 12 participants are invited each night to bring a dish they would want to share as their ‘Last Supper’ and to join in a collective conversation. Last Supper intends to facilitate conversation around death and our own mortality with each participant’s contributions as their starting point.
The Last Supper was conceptualised following the chosen death of my mother in 2015, before which my sister and I prepared her final meal: home-made lasagne and organic apple cider – just how she liked it. Despite that my mother was unable to enjoy the food in the way she once had, the occasion provided a space to celebrate her life in the knowledge that it would be over the following day.
Consequently, the Last Supper dinners have proved to be engaging and open performative experiences in which a group of strangers come together and find common ground to discuss and reflect on life and death. Through this project, my aim is to lighten this dark, unspeakable cloud and I have found that Last Supper has not only contributed to the current discourse on death, but has provided a place for people to talk about this inevitable, painful yet cathartic life phenomenon.