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Alice Christine Walker
Unfinished Business:
An Exploration of Grief
Blackfish Gallery in Portland, Oregon

March 1- April 2, 2022

The world would go on, but for us it would never be the same. 

 

The experience of losing my father to incurable cancer changed my life. I began to question our societal image of loss and grief, how that hinders our own grieving process, and how it affects the way we can express it. I was awakened to our culture’s denial of death and our abandonment of the bereaved to a kind of solitary confinement. Grief has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, cultural and spiritual dimensions that are so often overlooked, leaving the griever to manage it alone. 

 

In the midst of my own loss, I harnessed photography and self-portraiture as tools to explore the universality of grief. Although grief is typically associated with death, the emotion is also experienced with other types of loss that affect us all regardless of age, race or gender. Through my exploration, I learned that grief can be beautiful and transformative, that it should be honored and used as a tool in itself to mend. 

Much like grief, this exhibition is multifaceted, consisting of photographic images, video and installation. Designed to be inclusive of all comfort levels, the exhibition offers a range of interactions, from the passive observation of art to active engagement with others in grief sessions and immersive theater.

 

The intention of this exhibition is not to dwell in my own loss but, through my vulnerability, to empower us to have broader conversations about grief. The essence of the show is rooted in advocacy and community to provide participants with information, resources and tools so that we all can find belonging, support and connection.

A big thank you to RACC for their support of this exhibition.

Opening Reception

Thursday, March 3, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

In Person at Blackfish Gallery & Live Streaming on Blackfish Gallery Facebook Page

No Registration Required

Artist's Talk

Saturday, March 12, 1:00 pm

In Person at Blackfish Gallery or view after at www.alicechristinewalker.com

No Registration Required

Spring Equinox/Ostara: Led by Mary Wagstaff

Sunday, March 20, 1:00 pm

In Person at Blackfish Gallery and via Zoom.

To register select "Spring Equinox/Ostara" option below.

Community Grief Ritual: Led by Charmaine Kachibaia

Saturday, March 26, 5:00 pm

In Person at Blackfish Gallery.  With Sound by Merkaba Heart

To register select "Community Grief Ritual" option below.

Sacred Grief Circle: Led by Charmaine Kachibaia

Sunday, March 27, 12:00 pm

In Person at Blackfish Gallery. 

To register select "Sacred Grief Circle" option below.

Immersive Theater Experience

Friday, March 25 & Sunday, March 27 starting at 5:30 pm

In Person with limited timed tickets.

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