The Grief Gallery


Presented by Grief Grit Grace


The Grief Gallery:

What the Camera Captures


Part of NYCxDESIGN, Nov 11-18, 2021

An online exhibition exploring the role of the camera in processing grief and loss during New York City’s annual design festival

Photo by Alexandra Rowley

Three New Yorkers who have lost loved ones share their photography-based projects: 

Lora Appleton, founder of Kinder MODERN & Female Design Council, photographed her pop (her maternal grandfather) for her project AD.POP, documenting his last five years with Alzheimers until he passed. 

Alexandra Rowley, award-winning artist and photographer/director, created a “conceptual portrait” of her father, documenting his belongings, his life and his city for her project PORTRAIT. 

Charlene Lam, creative grief guide and curator of The Grief Gallery, commissioned a product photographer to capture a selection of her late mother’s belongings, in an effort to preserve and elevate them.

“I used the camera as my protection, my friend, my microscope.”  

– Lora Appleton on her project AD.POP

The exhibition also looks at the role of the Gallery Wall, a staple of art spaces and residential interiors, taking the form of a virtual gallery wall during NYCxDESIGN.

Photo by Lora Appleton

Exhibition launches November 11, 2021


Conversation: What the Camera Captures


Wed Nov 17th, 5-5:45pm ET (note new time)

Join artists Lora Appleton and Alexandra Rowley in conversation with curator Charlene Lam of The Grief Gallery about their photography-based projects and the role of creativity in processing their grief and losses. Register: https://bit.ly/grief-nycxdesign2021


London Design Festival 2021



Featured designers: Amanda Li Hope, Jo Davies, Poppy Chancellor, Yeesan Loh

Part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle



Why a Grief Gallery?

When my mom died 8 years ago, I was working as an independent curator in London. My pop-up exhibitions showcased the work of designers, makers and artists, under the names Creative Clerkenwell and The Creative Edit.

When it came time to pick out an urn for my mom’s ashes, I commissioned a custom porcelain urn from an East London ceramicist whose work I loved.

That was the start of my work as a Grief Curator. Over the years, I’ve commissioned illustrations, paper art and photoshoots in memory of my mom and others’ loved ones. I’ve presented exhibitions in London and Brooklyn about grief and loss.

Channeling my grief into creating and commissioning work from designers and makers has been an incredibly rewarding and healing experience.

After an extended period of grief and loss on many levels, I invite visitors to explore the universal themes of grief and loss through this creative lense. Out of darkness and pain, we can craft beauty and create meaning.

– Charlene C Lam, The Grief Curator


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