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Mel Keiser, Artist in Residence, presents Gravedigging Practicum

May 13, 2021

Mel Keiser, the Kaplan Institute's spring 2021 artist in residence, will present A Practicum for Digging a Grave on May 15, 2021 (9 am to 1 pm CT).

Led by Keiser and certified gravediggers Kris Bloedow and Bill Jessen, participants will learn the increasingly forgotten but age-old skill of manually digging a grave. The project will provide reflection on the ability of this labor to simultaneously inter the deceased, mirror the process of grieving, and direct emotion into social action.

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About Mel Keiser

Entangling the borders of reality and fiction, Keiser's multidisciplinary work explores the social and psychological impact of treating herself not as one single person but a series of distinct self-versions. Claiming these self-versions were born and died—in 2003, twice in 2007, 2011, 2014, 2018, and 2020—Keiser is currently making a body for each of her selves and burying them in a cemetery.

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