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The arts have an important role to play in supporting people’s communion with death and this series offers to create a space in which participating artists can share work with the Lethbridge community that reflects on our shared mortality, the nature of impermanence and grief, and the things that haunt us.
The Waking Death group exhibition at Casa, curated by Annie Martin (Art) and Shanell Papp (BFA - Art '06), has invited artists to address themes of death, dying and grief, to present a polyphonic and diverse range of works drawn from local and national artists. In addition, a programme of weekly events at Casa will include film screenings, knowledge sharing, and a line-up of performances organized by Mia van Leeuwen (Drama) that similarly present a range of perspectives, voices and bodies and will include artistic imaginings of ritual, celebration, contemplation, song and play attending to death, dying and grief.
Events will take place at Casa throughout September 9 to October 28, 2023, and will be free and accessible to the public with generous support from the Canada Council of the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Allied Arts Council, Casa, City of Lethbridge and the University of Lethbridge.
The series is produced by the Waking Death Collective, a multidisciplinary trio of artists; Annie Martin, Shanell Papp and Mia van Leeuwen came together with a shared interest in contemplating themes of death, impermanence, dying and grief, expressed in their respective artistic practices.
Please join us at 7 p.m. on September 9, 2023, at Casa for the opening reception!
Find our events calendar on the Waking Death website: https://wakingdeath.ca/events/