Unique custom letterpress pizza box by artist David Vassie of Pixel Press for Atom Gallery's "Can I get a slice?" exhibition.
A percentage from the sale of this original piece goes to Hackney Foodbank.
Mixed media. 32x32cm approx.
"Naples became one of the largest cities in Europe – and it grew fast. Fuelled by overseas trade and a steady influx of peasants from the countryside, its population ballooned from 200,000 in 1700 to 399,000 in 1748. As the urban economy struggled to keep pace, an ever greater number of the city’s inhabitants fell into poverty. The most abject of these were known as lazzaroni, because their ragged appearance resembled that of Lazarus. Numbering around 50,000 they scraped by on the pittance they earned as porters, messengers or casual labourers. Always rushing about in search of work, they needed food that was cheap and easy to eat. Pizzas met this need. Sold not in shops, but by street vendors carrying huge boxes under their arms, they would be cut to meet the customer’s budget or appetite.
Zero hour contracts have been around for a long time. Since 997AD some workers in Gaeta became known as 'Lazzaroni', because their ragged appearance resembled that of Lazarus. They scraped by on the pittance they earned as porters, messengers or casual labourers.
It is 1,022 years since the word pizza entered our vocabulary, coined not from Latin, but invented."