"Elegy for Souls on Hold"

Community-engaged Memorial Art Project devoted to loss and grief in times of social distance and lack of funeral rituals.

Let's celebrate the life of your missed loved ones by sharing loving memories and stories in a poetic Memorial 

Everyone might cope with grief differently, yet we all feel deep pain and yearn for our loved ones.

These times of isolation and lack of funeral rituals around grieving make it even more challenging to cope and find closure. I know how it feels. I missed the funerals of my sister and my second father in my home country of Venezuela. For a long while, I got trapped in a web of sorrow and despair without breaks. 

In the loving memory of our missed loved ones, I came to offer my art. I created Elegy for Souls on Hold, a poetic memorial that celebrates the life of those who have passed during these challenging times. The Memorial installation evokes a walk into a dreamlike water stream. By using a free augmented reality application on Smartphone or tablets, visitants can discover the portraits of those who have passed alongside short videos as the water projection continues to flow in the background. Using infrared photography, mapping projection, sound, and augmented reality. It invites participants to revisit life, love and resilience metaphors.

 I invite you to contribute to the project by sharing portraits and family photos of your passed loved one alongside a eulogy, a poem or memories of love. To participate, follow the instructions and fill the submission form below.

 Elegy for Souls on Hold  is part of the collective  exhibition   Home(Land) Bodies of Water   curated by Claudia Arana,  and will run until December 31, 2021, at ArtworxTO Hub West. Etobicoke, Ontario.

Thankful  to  ArtwoxTO hub West team for their assistance, production and support to make possible the Memorial installation. Also grateful  to my team  Omar Rivero in the video mapping projection and  McCormickDiego Camacho,  Cory Ronald  for the developing of Souls on Hold Augmented Reality Application software.

Important Information 

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Elegy for souls on Hold  uses ai own  Augmented Reality APP for smartphone and tablets devices to reveal  souls portraits and their celebration of life videos.

The "river of life" in the Elegy for Souls on Hold  is inspired by " Jorge Manrique's Stanzas on the Death of his Father," which invites us to honor the lives of our passed loved ones by treasuring their loving memories and living a meaningful life.

To contribute  to Elegy for Souls on Hold

Please contact me via Whatsapp or email me to soulsonhold@gmail.com and I will book a zoom meeting to get to know each other, clarify doubts, listen about your loss and grief.  Share photos and memories of your missed loved one.  

Your participation is completely voluntary and free of charge.

Marta Solek, joined Mirna on Instagram Live to share her experience as a participant on Elegy for Souls on Hold after missing her mom Maria in 2020. Marta is a Poland born cello musician newcomer to Canada.  August,4, 2021

What do you need to share

If you are ready to share your loved one's memories, please follow these steps to fill out a submission form below.

  • Step 1: Choose a portrait  of your loved one in JPG format
  • Step 2: Pick up to 12  photos to support your loved ones' life story( you have to upload a minimum of 4 photos) 
  • Step 3:  Would you please write down or record a eulogy, short letter or poem to display within your loved one video?
  • Step 4: Fill out the Participant Submission Form below with all this material and submit it. You will receive a confirmation email.

Do not hesitate to email me to soulsonhold@gmail.com  or via Whatsapp  If you need help, have issues or doubts.

 Participants Submission Form 

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