The Souls on Hold is an elegy for loss and grief in pandemic times.
Quarantine doomed falling to coronavirus and other terminal diseases to die in solitude. Regardless of culture or religion, the ancient rituals that honor the departed and comfort the bereaved have been postponed or abandoned during this global pandemic to avoid further spreading the virus. In these pandemic times, death leaves nowhere to grieve.
We migrants share a similar experience when losing loved ones in our home countries and miss the funerals. When my sister passed away, I lived held in a limbo of sorrow and despair from I could not move forward until I returned to Venezuela and took her ashes to her favourite place.
Inspired by Jorge Manrique's Hispanic Renaissance stanzas, this project revisits metaphors of life, hope and resilience. The project seeks to lend evocative spaces to acknowledge grief and coping by remembering and celebrating the departed ones' lives while invites us to reflect on the temporary and transient nature of life.
The Elegy for The Souls on Hold multimedia installation, involves the projection of this photo series using mapping software and augmented reality features to showcase the portraits and celebration of the life of many who died during the pandemic
Besides the onsite installation, a virtual component of the exhibition will present an artist's talk and a panel discussion on loss and grieving in these unusual times.
Mirna Chacín, April 2020 - ongoing