What is a good death and who deserves the experience? To answer this question, I decided to respond in the language in which I am most fluent. The language of art. The images here are a small portion of a body of work built from more than a decade spent photographing memorials and memorial spaces in an effort to document, interrogate, understand, and celebrate the universe’s second most unifying experience. Death. One hundred percent of all that is born…must die. My body of work focuses on Afro-Diasporic traditions and practices, but the themes illustrated are universal. In this visual conversation, a good death involves simple yet heartfelt experiences such as peace, comfort, space for tradition, celebration, and above all else…dignity.
Speaking of a Good Death in the Language of Art
Tracy T. Brown is a seasoned photographer, interdisciplinary visual artist, curator, artivist, and cultural event organizer as well as a development and capacity building consultant who was born in San Francisco, CA. She received her MA in Arts Politics from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. For many years, Tracy has been compelled to examine memorialization and funerary practices of people of the West African diaspora as an excellent illustration of cultural continuity. She has spent more than 15 years photographing funerals and memorials all over the world and has taught photography and visual culture in remote villages and urban centers. She is also dedicated to the creation and promotion of positive and empowering images of people of African descent. Website: https://www.thetracybrown.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tracy T. Brown; Speaking of a Good Death in the Language of Art. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2021; 10 (3): 36–47. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.3.36
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