The Grief Gallery
GRIEF AND LOSS EXPLORED THROUGH ART AND DESIGN
Presented by Grief Grit Grace
Photo by Alexandra Rowley for Curio magazine
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.
Three New York creatives who have lost loved ones share their photography-based projects.
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.
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.
MAKE IT PRETTY
Charlene Lam, creative grief guide and curator of The Grief Gallery, commissioned product photographer Elena Andronache to capture a selection of her late mother’s belongings, in an effort to preserve and elevate them.
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-
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 lens. Out of darkness and pain, we can craft beauty and create meaning.
– Charlene C Lam, Grief Curator
GRIEF GRIT GRACE
The Grief Gallery is a project by Grief Grit Grace and curated by Charlene C Lam. Visit www.griefgritgrace.com for more resources and information about my approach to grief work.