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Photograph - San Giuseppe Bread Making Display Participants, Chinese Museum Melbourne, 1997 Image Reg. No: MM 117228

Colour photographic print of a group of senior women and men posing in front of a vertical stepped display of bread baked in a variety of votive shapes. The display was part of the exhibition 'Chops and Changes: Food, Immigrants and Culture', held at the Chinese Museum, Cohen Place, Melbourne in 1997 and consisted of a partnership between Museum Victoria, the Italian Historical Society, the Jewish Museum of Australia and the Chinese Museum.

The Italian Historical Society's contribution to the project was a re-creation of a 'St Joseph's Table', a multi-tiered table with bread in many mostly religious shapes. Traditionally, the bread is made as part of the San Giuseppe Day festivities, celebrated annually on 19 March, a significant Italian cultural tradition which is still undertaken in Melbourne by male and female members of Melbourne's Valguarnera Club in Clayton South. Valguarnera is a town in Sicily, from which Maria Tence, who organised the Italian community part of the project, and her parents migrated.

A video was made documenting the preparation of the votive bread at the Valguarnera Club in March 1997. It was commissioned by Museum Victoria and shot by Screen Art Productions. The Italian Historical Society holds documentation and slides relating to the 'Chops and Changes' exhibition, as well as documentation showing how this tradition has been kept alive by Italian migrants in other regions of Italy (Eolian Islands and other parts of the world including USA).
Colour photographic print.
Description Of Content:
Group of men and women posing in front of a 5 tiered table altar display of bread in a variety of religious shapes. The table is covered with a white sheet and is against a white brick wall. An exhibition text label is visible at the left hand side.
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: celebrations, rituals, cultural identity, cultural traditions, food drink preparation, italian communities, italian immigration, cultural maintenance, religions roman catholic
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Cultural Practices
Tertiary Classification: food & drink production
Format: Photograph: Colour; 6 in. x 4 in.
Organisation Depicted: Valguarnera Social Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1997
Place & Date Depicted: Chinese Museum, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1997

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