DANCING WITH THE DEAD
Khadim Ali, Soojin Chang, Dr. Fiona Foley, Dr Mojgan Habibi, Pieter Hugo, Lindy Lee, Pierre Mukeba, Sarker Protick, Stanislava Pinchuk, Jemima Wyman
April 4 – May 31, 2020
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-wrapping, then lovingly dancing with their corpses), this exhibition aims to explore the concept of death as permeable. It is through adopting the imagery of dancing with and subsequently embracing ‘darkness’ and universal experiences such as loss, religiosity and ritual, that we hope will allow for communal and cathartic experiences that shine light on the paradoxically unique and universal experiences of death and endings.
Aggregate Icon (Black and White), Digital photo collage, 190cm, 2020. Commissioned by Antidote Projects, 2020. Courtesy of the Artist and Sullivan + Strumpf. Full caption details here.
Death Ritual (Shown in the Mirror), 2-channel video and sound, 21min.
Seeds of New Moon, 2020. Flung bronze sculpture, 100cm diameter.
Courtesy of the Artist and Sullivan & Strumpf