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On display at the Soane, short film Dear Friend, I Can No Longer Hear Your Voice, by artist Anne-Marie Creamer, is an imagined recreation of his beloved late wife Eliza’s bedchamber, accompanied by a soundtrack by Creamer and composer Verity Standen adapted from the diaries of John Soane and two family friends in the hours, days and months after Eliza’s death. 

In this panel discussion, Anne-Marie and Helen Dorey, Deputy Director and Inspectress, Sir John Soane’s Museum will discuss Dear Friend.. as opening up a fresh space to consider the Soane as a place also marked by bereavement, vulnerability; and creative approaches to memorialising, at a time when these issues resonate for many after two years of global pandemic.

They will be joined by artist Oreet Ashery, who will share her perspective, especially in the light of her recent film Dying Under Your Eyes, which explores the sudden death of Ashery's elderly father in 2018, focusing on ageing, dying, mourning and intimate surveillance. While Ashery will help us expand on creative approaches to loss and the lived experience of chronic illness in the digital era, digital afterlife and legacy, Dr Kathryn Mannix, a palliative care Consultant and feted writer, will help us think about the trajectory of dying itself; about grieving the losses we encounter as a progressive illness changes our capabilities and self-view; the Soane house in the context of ‘the vigil' families sit at deathbeds, and Dear Friend... as a recreation of a mourned wife's room and her deathbed, from which she is eternally absent.

The event will be moderated by Melanie Keen, Director, Wellcome Collection. 

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This event is supported using public funding from the National Lottery by Arts Council England, with additional support from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Event Info

20 May 2022

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Free to attend

Online, via Zoom