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Michael Takeo Magruder: Lamentation for the Forsaken


 
 

Michael Takeo Magruder: Lamentation for the Forsaken

‘Lamentation for the Forsaken’ is a new media installation that juxtaposes Christ’s suffering and journey to the cross with the anguish and plight of refugees fleeing the Syrian Civil War.

The artwork is composed of two distinct visual elements. The first is a photographic negative of the Shroud of Turin that has been aesthetically transformed with the names and details of individuals who have died in the conflict. The second is an underlying video stream created from sets of curated news media photographs that portray the lives and hardships of the Syrian people. The combination of these two layers generates an endlessly shifting digital tapestry that oscillates between the iconic image of Christ and the tragic stories of those affected by the war.

 

 

Title: Lamentation for the Forsaken
Artist: Michael Takeo Magruder
Date: 2016

Artwork Materials: New media installation

Commissioned: St Stephen Walbrook

Location: St Stephen Walbrook