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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Abbey Hepner

Temporary Container: Landscape of Loss

Saturday, October 18 - 3:45PM to 4:15PM
Multipurpose Room (1-030)

In the last 50 years, the rates of cremation in North America have risen dramatically. Because of the cost of burial and a more nomadic American population, cremation has become a popular alternative to traditional burial. In this series, I traveled to the most frequent locations where ashes are spread, raising questions about the importance of these places and the cultural and social implications that accompany them. In a culture where talk about the end of life is still largely taboo, I have discovered that people are dying to talk about death.

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