Produced in collaboration with the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences in Portugal, this project proposes to scrutinize, expose and hold in tension many of the contradictions and problems inherent in the conceptualisation, definition and depiction of death. These intentions will likely collide, overlap and blur, revealing the fragility of our perceptual and cognitive systems.
Photography continues to have a pivotal role in the representation of death and in mediating our relationship to death. However, the media’s inability to deal with this issue beyond the glorification of the gory and the bizarre leads to serious omissions with profound consequences.
This project attempts to understand our relationship to death, particularly violent death (namely suicide), and photography’s role in this process.
The project encompasses the production of new photographic work, following both a speculative and documentary approach, the appropriation of previously unseen archive material such as historical photographs, confidential case and medical files, crime and suicide-scene evidence, photo-installation and projection, whilst tapping into the scholarship of several field experts.
Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes will be presented at Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool), Museu da Electricidade/MAAT (Lisbon), Galeria Cristina Guerra (Lisbon), amongst other spaces.