This is the first major UK solo show by interdisciplinary artist Margareta Kern. These powerful and intimate photographs are a personal response to a tradition in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina of women preparing clothes for their own burial. Intrigued and deeply moved by this custom, Margareta set out to explore this ritual further by making a journey back to the region she grew up in. Her images reveal a deep engagement with the women she met, whose lives have been shaped by historical and political turbulence, and raise questions about the wider social context surrounding death.
Clothes for Death is an ongoing research-based visual arts project funded by the Arts Council England Grants for the arts scheme.
Margareta studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths' College and Digital Design at London College of Communication. She has exhibited widely in the UK including Tate Modern, Holden Gallery, Bureau Gallery, Castlefield Gallery, Midlands Arts Centre, Djanogly Art Gallery and most recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Exhibition held in conjunction with The 8th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, University of Bath.