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The Etiquette of the Funeral

Visual Arts - Solo Exhibition


Type Of Work


  • Visual Arts - Solo Exhibition

Abstract


  • The exhibition The Etiquette of a Funeral was formed while reading ‘Excavating at Salamis in Cyprus’ 1952-1974 authored by the lead archaeologist Vassos Karageorghis. The book supported an exhibit at the Nicosia Museum of excavated artifacts from Tomb 79 discovered in the necropolis of the ancient city of Salamis.

    Homer, the ancient Greek poet and author of the poem ‘The Iliad’ writes of the ancient city, which is located on a silted harbor on the north east coast of Cyprus. In book 23 he tells his readers about an elaborate funereal process and the subsequent cremation that took place in the city during the Trojan wars. The images from the book and the archaeological evidence suggest that the funeral pyre was circular and held many burnt and broken offerings. In amongst the chard artifacts were potshards that had once held fragrant oils, fragments of glass and bronze, and shards from vessels that once held food and plant offerings as well as stylized ceramic flowers. In the pyre you would also likely find fragments of animal bones but the bones of the deceased’s cremated body would be absent. These bones had been gently removed after the fire and wrapped carefully in cloth and then interred.

    I finally travelled to Salamis in 2017 and spent time in the overgrown ancient city that sits in amongst wild grasses and bleached snail shells. The funeral pyre I searched for now exists only as a photographic image, as museum artifacts and in Homer’s poetry. The exhibition The Etiquette of the Funeral re-imagines the funereal narratives described in ‘The Iliad’ as poems of my own. The exhibition a collection of fragmentary wall poems that reflect on loss and the ritualized process of grieving.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • P. Harris 2018 The Etiquette of the Funeral Gallery Art Mur, Montreal, Canada 17th January - 24th February http://artmur.com/les-editions/opuscules/

Date Of Exhibition


  • 17th January - 24th February

Url


  • http://artmur.com/les-editions/opuscules/

Venue


  • Gallery Art Mur, Montreal, Canada

Type Of Work


  • Visual Arts - Solo Exhibition

Abstract


  • The exhibition The Etiquette of a Funeral was formed while reading ‘Excavating at Salamis in Cyprus’ 1952-1974 authored by the lead archaeologist Vassos Karageorghis. The book supported an exhibit at the Nicosia Museum of excavated artifacts from Tomb 79 discovered in the necropolis of the ancient city of Salamis.

    Homer, the ancient Greek poet and author of the poem ‘The Iliad’ writes of the ancient city, which is located on a silted harbor on the north east coast of Cyprus. In book 23 he tells his readers about an elaborate funereal process and the subsequent cremation that took place in the city during the Trojan wars. The images from the book and the archaeological evidence suggest that the funeral pyre was circular and held many burnt and broken offerings. In amongst the chard artifacts were potshards that had once held fragrant oils, fragments of glass and bronze, and shards from vessels that once held food and plant offerings as well as stylized ceramic flowers. In the pyre you would also likely find fragments of animal bones but the bones of the deceased’s cremated body would be absent. These bones had been gently removed after the fire and wrapped carefully in cloth and then interred.

    I finally travelled to Salamis in 2017 and spent time in the overgrown ancient city that sits in amongst wild grasses and bleached snail shells. The funeral pyre I searched for now exists only as a photographic image, as museum artifacts and in Homer’s poetry. The exhibition The Etiquette of the Funeral re-imagines the funereal narratives described in ‘The Iliad’ as poems of my own. The exhibition a collection of fragmentary wall poems that reflect on loss and the ritualized process of grieving.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • P. Harris 2018 The Etiquette of the Funeral Gallery Art Mur, Montreal, Canada 17th January - 24th February http://artmur.com/les-editions/opuscules/

Date Of Exhibition


  • 17th January - 24th February

Url


  • http://artmur.com/les-editions/opuscules/

Venue


  • Gallery Art Mur, Montreal, Canada