Malala Andrialavidrazana

Malala Andrialavidrazana | Rites and Rituals

Curator: Dalia Levin
June 23, 2007 - Sep. 15, 2007

d’Outre Monde, 2003, 30 photographs
Tanindrazana / The Ancestors’ Land, 2007, 20 photographs
מלאלה אנדריאלאוידרזנה
Malala Andrialavidrazana began exploring the necropolis when she studied architecture in Paris, in a course which led her to the point where architecture intersects with art and anthropology. The impression, cumulated from observation of the series, documenting grave structures and traces left after burial rites throughout the world, is akin to wandering among burial sites, like a travelogue which is also a roots journey. The restrained documentation exposes fascinating burial customs characterizing the different ethnic groups in Madagascar, the artist’s homeland. They are all underlain by living relatives’ worship of the dead, which is shared by all Malagasies regardless of their religion or economic status. At the same time, the photographs offer a wealth of nuances and differences between the different faiths, mapping the social structure through Malagasy death rituals.

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