Intimate Immensity

Ania Halek


The domestic cultivation of death is something that Slavic culture lost in the last century. Considering the recent epidemiological situation in the world, I have recognised and reconsidered the importance of farewell rituals in the spatial discourse. Reflection on the very special and forgotten function of domestic interiors, mourning and closure of the life cycle, brought my research to Slavic myths, in particular the ritual of Dvorovoi. According to that myth, the performance of whipping the domestic space was my starting point for analysing this spatial paradigm shift that took place. The material and performative elements and the final re-enactment of a forgotten ritual bring new ways of activating remembrance. This is a moment of reflection on the different forms of domestic circulation of death.

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