What is it about?
Graveland is a vibrant exhibition that looks at cemeteries and tributes from around the world, exploring the idea of memorial.
Photography, stories, objects and decorations will show some of the many different ways we commemorate a person worldwide, from the traditional to the the more unusual.
This will be further explored by artwork including drawings, sculpture, installations, photographic art, film and craft.
It is a participatory exhibition that asks the audience to get involved and contribute to the show with their thoughts, ideas questions and play.
Graveland seeks to help dispel the idea that death is solely a sad or morbid subject. It will create a space that is beautiful, inviting, informative and respectful, yet playful.
People visiting the show will be able to get involved in games, write and make artwork themselves, giving their views on the questions asked. And those who want to read more widely on the topic will be able to spend time in our library area.
During the week we will be making the most of the space by holding a music workshop, book club and Death Cafe, as well as holding an opening event with performances.
Where did the idea come from?
"Death is a fiesta" is what I was told on a trip to Mexico during the Day of the Dead festival. I'd not previously heard the words party and death linked before, and neither had I thought too much about our different approaches to death and remembrance, but this idea of looking at the subject with both respect and humor appealed to me.
I exhibited photography and artwork with the Natural Death Center and other organisations for a few years and began collecting photos of cemeteries from around the world. I learnt a lot in these years and found that many people felt similarly to how i began to feel in Mexico. I also noticed that the art and photography attracted attention and often led to more open discussion on the topic.
Death is one things we know we can be sure of and is something we all have in common yet it is also something that is often pushed to the sidelines. I wanted to bring the subject to the forefront in this exhibition, and create an environment where we can discus this, learn, think, create and enjoy.
What will the money go towards?
As I'm sure you're all aware putting on an exhibition is an expensive business, this is why I'm asking for your help. Specifically the money I raise here will go towards the venue costs - without which the exhibition wouldn't be possible. This venue is the beautiful Crypt Gallery in London, if you want to check it out here's this link http://www.cryptgallery.org.uk/index.html
If you would like any more information please contact me.
Thank you for taking the time to read this & i hope you get involved with the project!
Risks and challenges
As with all projects we have some challenges ahead but are confident we can meet them.
For those wanting to invest in Graveland, the risk for you is that I don't deliver my side of the bargain. I want to reassure you that I am committed to keeping my promise to those that help us, and I will guarantee delivery of your rewards by the time of the exhibition.
Of course this is an all-or-nothing funding process so I need the support of as many people as possible to make it work for us and those who support us.
There are only a few months to go before Graveland, and there are many people working towards it, but the challenge of time is always there. We hope to meet all our targets to put on a high quality show, and get the message out to as may people as possible to come and enjoy it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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