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About the “Death Mask” series of photographs
The “Death Mask” series of photographs re-imagine an anthropomorphic Death in a more primal incarnation.
While the European personification of Death as the Grim Reaper was traditionally depicted (from around 15th Century) as a cloaked skeleton carrying a scythe, earlier depictions exist that differ greatly from this image.
The Ancient Greeks saw Death as a young boy called Thanatos, Norwegian and Baltic folklore portrayed Death as an old woman (Pesta and Giltinė respectively), and Latin American folklore has Santa Muerte (Saint Death), born of a syncretism between indigenous Mesoamerican and invading Catholic mythology, as well as La Calavera Catrina associated with the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead).