The Grief Gallery
GRIEF AND LOSS EXPLORED THROUGH ART AND DESIGN
CURATOR, CHARLENE LAM
Red Ribbon Dance
A classic Chinese dance form, the red ribbon dance has layers of meaning for me and my mom. Here’s why I dance in her memory.
PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON
The Belongings of Loved Ones Lost
CURATED BY CHARLENE LAM
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The Grief Gallery
The Grief Gallery presents exhibitions, installations and events featuring the belongings of loved ones lost during international design festivals, including NYCxDESIGN, the London Design Festival and DesignTO (Toronto).
After independent curator Charlene Lam lost her mother suddenly in 2013, she leaned into her creativity and curatorial instincts to guide herself through grief. Faced with the impossible task of emptying out her mother’s dream house, she asked herself:
“If I was to curate an exhibition about my mother, which 100 objects would I choose?”
That question — “If I was to curate an exhibition about my mother, which 100 objects would I choose?” — was the key to making progress with her mom’s belongings, moving through her grief and moving forward with her own life. It was also the seed for The Grief Gallery, with the first exhibition incorporating her mom’s belongings taking place in London in 2015.
In the years since, through The Grief Gallery, her work as a certified grief coach and her Curating Grief framework, she spotlights the objects left behind after a loved one dies as a powerful source of connection, awareness and healing.
This is The Grief Gallery’s core belief:
We are ALL curators after a loved one dies.
JOIN US LIVE
The Grief Gallery monthly gathering
Next gathering: Wednesday Feb 28th, 2pm ET (NYC) / 7pm UK time
Part of the Reimagine End of Life Event Calendar
Conscious Grief Series 5
Join Charlene Lam, certified grief coach and curator of The Grief Gallery, and 25+ other speakers at Conscious Grief Series 5: Transforming Pain into Evolution and Growth. Free interview series, Feb 17-25.
WORK WITH ME
It's a common problem:
How do you choose what to keep after a loved one dies?
Curating Grief Pop-Up
Part of London Design Festival, Sept 2022
The Grief Gallery hits the streets of East London with a traveling plinth.
Red Ribbon Dance
A classic Chinese dance form, the red ribbon dance has layers of meaning for me and my mom. Here's why I dance in her memory.
She Was Asian American
Part of NYCxDESIGN, May 2022
Featuring photographs, belongings and stories of Asian American women, including the curator’s Chinese-American mother and other family members
The Grief Gallery at DesignTO
During Toronto’s annual design festival, The Grief Gallery welcomed visitors to acknowledge personal and collective losses through the contemplation and celebration of objects: the belongings of loved ones lost.
WHAT THE CAMERA CAPTURES
An online exhibition exploring the role of the camera in processing grief and loss during New York City's annual design festival. Three New York creatives who have lost loved ones share their photography-based projects.
The Grief Gallery: Created & Commissioned
Visitors are invited to explore these universal themes through creative work commissioned in memory of loved ones.
This Is How We Remember
The belongings of loved ones lost are captured in a series of illustrations by Brooklyn-based painter and designer Yeesan Loh.
Latest Exhibition: Red Ribbon Dance, Lunar New Year 2023
Join us for The Grief Gallery's monthly grief gathering the last Wednesday of the month.
More grief events from Charlene and The Grief Gallery