Memento mori artist and independent curator Larassa Kabel presents A Ghost at the Feast, a show featuring her two newest bodies of work: Death in the Family and And the Rain Fell Like Rain and accompanied by selected photographs by Stephanie Brunia and Rachel Cox.
Death in the Family
Working together as the Belle Morte Collective, Larassa Kabel and Ben Easter have been creating performance based photographs for the Death in the Family series since the first one appeared in Juxtapoz Magazine in 2015. Based in the tradition of Victorian post-mortem photography, this work critically examines the artificial division humans make between themselves and the rest of nature. Using careful aesthetic choices and physical tenderness, the photographs democratize grief across species and transform each animal into a unique individual worthy of memorialization.
And the Rain Fell Like Rain
With And the Rain Fell Like Rain, Larassa Kabel continues her exploration of memento mori ("remember death") art by creating personal interpretations of ancient Egyptian funerary art and artifacts. Three installations reimagine the tomb, a “spirit house”, and the forty-two judges of the soul found in the Book of the Dead. “I make art to remind myself that we are all going to die. Me. You. Everyone we care about. It’s obvious, yet we go to great lengths to pretend it isn’t true. We all compartmentalize and distract ourselves so that we won’t think about it, but if we pay attention to the fact that we don’t have all the time in the world, we have the potential to lead better, richer, more connected lives.”
The opening reception will be held June 18, 5 - 7 p.m.
Moberg Gallery 2411 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312 515-279-9191 email@example.com
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