If you could choose your memorial, would it change how you live your life?
27 October 2017 - 4 February 2018
PACCAR Room, Level 2
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Artist Alan Kane has been making drawings for his own tombstone for some time, exploring his mortality with the intent to create something playful out of a difficult subject.
To create this new exhibition, young participants were asked to reflect on how they want to be remembered and chose text and images to be carved on their headstones. The results are both poignant and surprising.
Echoing some of the key themes of A Christmas Carol, Kane suggests that to consider one’s own memorial might offer an opportunity to create a personal public sculpture. At the very least, this exercise could be an option to take some control of how we are commemorated and it might even influence how we live our lives.
Early Graves is a commission by the Royal Shakespeare Company.