These images are of gravestones in Ethiopia. When a person dies, his or her relatives place a photograph onto the tombstone and also inscribe a short history of the deceased. Thinking about the families’ photographs, and the idea of memorials and loss, I am struck by the personal sense of damage that these images – and the air that falls about them – evoke. As a result of time, those already buried continue to experience a second death: the gradual deterioration of their entombed identity.
Michael Tsegaye (Ethiopia)
Inferno, 2010 – 2011