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Georgia Metaxas’ Portraits of Women in Perpetual Mourning

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In her tender and strikingly understated series The Mourners, Melbourne-based photographer Georgia Metaxas allows us insight into a world of ritual, culture, memory and loss. In remembrance of those they have lost, the women in these images wear black for the rest of their lives ‘as a sign of perpetual mourning’.

Through the repeating of this ritual, or the continuance of death if you will, the mourners pledge to defy forgetting, de-alienating death and instead turning it into something inevitably linked to the everyday. The portraits poignantly comment on the relationship between memory, photography, and death—one always intertwined with the other.

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GEORGIA_METAXAS_Photography

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GEORGIA_METAXAS_Photography

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GEORGIA_METAXAS_Photography

GEORGIA_METAXAS_Photography

GEORGIA_METAXAS_Photography

GEORGIA_METAXAS_Photography

GEORGIA_METAXAS_Photography

GEORGIA_METAXAS_Photography

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This post was contributed by photographer Katrin Koenning.

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