Death through the lens of art

With a new dance work casting death as a maternal figure, we take the opportunity to ask why isn’t there more art depicting death currently?

It was recently announced that WA-based company OFF-base Dance will develop the first philanthropically-funded project as part of ARTRAGE’s Free Range program.

Madre Muerte will be a contemporary dance work, led by choreographer Tyrone Earl Lraé Robinson, posing death as ‘a mother figure offering protection, healing, guidance to the afterlife, and an inevitable part of life’s journey to which we can surrender’, according to the media release.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_