Miranda Hutton on 'The Rooms Project' as part of Death: Southbank Centre's Festival for the Living

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 12:17
Miranda Hutton’s ‘The Rooms Project’ is a series of photographs of bedrooms belonging to children who have died. At Death: Southbank Centre’s Festival for the Living, Miranda will be speaking about loss and remembering and the relationship between absence and presence in her photography. Here she recounts how she came to the project and how this intimate and challenging work has affected her and her wider audience. 20 years ago a very dear friend died of cancer; a few years later my Mum died and I started thinking about the physical spaces that have been left 'empty' by loved ones who had passed away. I was put in touch with parents who had lost a child and in talking to them I realised that, for many, their child's bedroom held particular importance; they were special places of remembering. The parents allowed me to photograph their son or daughter's room and this led to the beginning of 'The Rooms Project'. It is a challenging body of work where the content often stops onlookers from thinking about wider issues surrounding death and loss. Parents not only have to suffer loss but they also have to suffer a kind of isolation that comes with people not knowing how to approach them or their grief. [caption id="attachment_4583" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Died 21 months ago (2011)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4584" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Died 4 years ago (2005)[/caption] To see more photos, please visit The Rooms Project at http://www.mirandahutton.co.uk/photography/projects/theroomsproject.html Miranda will be speaking as part of Death Bites: More About Mortality, Sunday 29 January, 2pm – 3pm For more information about Death: Southbank Centre's Festival of the Living please see here http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/festivals-series/death-southbank-centres-festival-for-the-living