We don’t see many coffins in the River Room… But corpses aside there was a large turnout for our round table event on the Aesthetics of Death, supported by a film screening and book launch for the edited volume: The Power of Death: Contemporary Reflections of Death in Western Society.
Artist Sarah Sparkes gave a presentation about her work on ghosts; Ricardo Gutierrez gave a talk about femicide in Mexico; and photographer Briony Campbell closed with a very moving presentation about her work: ‘The Dad Project’, which documented her father’s death from cancer.
Editors Dr Ricarda Vidal of CMCI and Maria-Jose Blanco then presented their book The Power of Death, which covers various aspects of the topic – from the slow painful death from cancer and the grief and mourning of those left behind, to the more sensational sides of violent death, including accidents and the taboos and transgressions of murder.
Our pictures show the event –including the coffin – in full swing. Readers of the CMCI blog can get the book at a 50% discount by contacting Ricarda Vidal. More at: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title.php?rowtag=BlancoPower