published: 31 Mar 2021
Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, Life, Death and Dying is a ground-breaking contemporary art and film project funded by SA Health and supported by Laurel Palliative Care Foundation. An initiative of artist, Daniel Connell, this exhibition uses art to investigate encounter in the palliative care clinical setting.
In the course of their professional work, artists and clinicians witness some of the most profound expressions of human life. Both professions often find themselves holding the identity and body of another at its most vulnerable and both professions are called on to make sense of these deep human experiences for the wider community.
With this in mind, Life, Death and Dying examines the question 'What is a good death?' through the lens of eight individuals from very different cultures, faiths and life experiences.
They spoke, cried and laughed over two intense days, and then reconnected again after two months, to share artwork made in response to their encounters.
This exhibition will showcase the artefacts and poems created during the year-long project. It sits alongside a major short documentary film made by Director Nick Mueke and Cinematographer Nick Frayne: Life, Death and Dying: an exploration of the unknown via the unfamiliar.