Abb. | Fig.: Emma Talbot, The Trials, 2022, Installationsansicht, Kunsthalle Giessen, Photo: Rolf K. Wegst
Abb. | Fig.: Emma Talbot, Grief reveals the most profound love, 2023, Photo: Rolf K. Wegst
Abb. | Fig.: Emma Talbot, The Human Experience (Your Death), Photo: Rolf K. Wegst

Emma Talbot: A Journey You Take Alone

Finissage “The art of saying goodbye: interdisciplinary approaches to dealing with dying”

Sun. 28.04.2024, 3 pm

Kunsthalle Giessen invites you to a discussion with experts on the subject of dying (in art) on occasion of the finissage of Emma Talbot: A Journey You Take Alone

How are grief, painful loss, despair, but also acceptance of death dealt with in art, humanities and science? What approaches do philosophy, religion, history of culture and art history as well as sociology offer for dealing with dying and death? On occasion of the finissage of the exhibition Emma Talbot: A Journey You Take Alone, Kunsthalle Giessen is hosting an open discussion with experts from various disciplines on the topic of “The Art of Saying Goodbye: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Dealing with Dying”.

Participants will be Prof. Ulf Sibelius, specialist in palliative medicine (Justus-Liebig University Giessen), Lilian Coates, research associate at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz with a focus on the sociology of the end of life, Prof. Reimer Gronemeyer, theologian and sociologist (including the hospice movement, dementia, Justus-Liebig University) and Dr. Alma-Elisa Kittner, art historian and art theorist (Justus-Liebig University Giessen). Stefan Trinks, editor of the arts section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, will moderate the discussion. The audience is invited to actively participate in the discussion.

Emma Talbot’s multimedia works transform the Kunsthalle Gießen into a human life cycle and visualize the close connection and coexistence of life and death. The artist gives as much space to dying as to living and manages to visualize the beauty and pain of mourning without any theatricality.

The event will take place on Sunday, 28.04.2024, from 15:00 to 17:00 in the Kunsthalle and will start with a half-hour guided tour of the exhibition.

Admission is free of charge.
Pre-registration is not necessary.