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under the palms

Mourning can happen at any time, whether the name is known or not. Funeral rites will often take place in a church or architectural space where the so-called 'real' world is demarcated at the boundary of its frame.

In certain Abrahamic faiths, aniconism may prohibit the representation of god, nature or everything that exists.

When their churches are emptied out, they are referred to as halls or meeting rooms that resemble a house bare of furnishings or ornament. Like the dark chamber of a camera; light filters through the translucent, frosted glass windows illuminating the walls, pews and flooring. A reminder that there is another world.

Matthew Berka

under the palms, 16mm, digital video, 9 min, 2020

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