Memento Mori: Testament to Life public conversation followed by book signing
with featured participants photographer Erika Diettes and Curator Kate Ware
There will be a conversation offered to the community with the artist, Erika Diettes, and Kate Ware, Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Fine Arts Museum on Saturday, September 17, from 4:00-5:00 pm at Tipton Hall on the SFUAD campus. There will be a signing of the artist’s new book, MEMENTO MORI: Testament to Life, immediately following. Free and open to the public.
MEMENTO MORI: Testament to Life presents four bodies of work in two volumes housed in a transparent slipcase. The first volume contains the installation shots of the work in cathedrals, churches, museums, exhibitions, and memorials in Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the United States. The second volume contains the plates of the three series: Drifting Away/Rio Abajo, Relics/Relicarios, Shrouds/Sudarios.
Diettes’s poignant artist statement, as well as an essay by renowned Mexican scholar Ileana Diéguez on “Images in Mourning,” and an insightful conversation between Diettes and Anne Wilkes Tucker, the former curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, explore the social, political, and personal implications of the work. MEMENTO MORI is a significant resource in contemporary Latin American studies, as well as for social anthropologists, human rights workers, and those wanting to understand at a very basic level the human cost of terrorism.
Erika Diettes is a Colombian visual artist and social anthropologist whose work focuses on the deeply personal yet universal effects of political violence and injustice. Her work is part of the permanent collection of major museums, including the Museo Nacional in Bogatá and Museo de Antioquia in Colombia, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It has been featured at the Fotofest Biennal, the Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires, the Ballarat Foto Biennale in Australia, and in an exhibit at CENTER, Santa Fe, NM.Visit Event Website for More Info