Raśmi (v.2), will be on show from this week, part of the exhibition — ‘DANCING WITH THE DEAD’ at The Lock Up Gallery, curated by Antidote Projects. @weareantidote .
Dr. Fiona Foley
Dr Mojgan Habibi
Named after the infamous Madagascan dancing with the dead ritual of Famadihana, DANCING WITH THE DEAD is a group exhibition that aims to illuminate the convergence of memory and corporeality within a larger context of 'deaths' and the multiplicity of experiences that fall within it;; whether that be physical death, spiritual death or cultural death. Much like the traditional Madagascan process (which sees families and loved ones exhuming bodies
from tombs, carefully re-ˇwrapping, then lovingly dancing with their corpses), this exhibition aims to explore the concept of death as permeable and to present questions like: What is ourrelationship to the nature of death and darkness? What can our experience of loss look and feel like when re-ˇinterpreted, re-ˇperformed and re-ˇpresented in a gallery setting? Through adopting the imagery of dancing with and subsequently embracing ‘darkness’ -ˇ in the forms of universal experiences such as loss, religiosity and ritual;; DANCING WITH THE DEAD hopes that all who attend and interact with the works will be able to share in a communal and cathartic activity that shines light on the paradoxically unique and universal experiences of death and endings.