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“it just brings me closer”: Reflections on Memorial Tattoos

May 5, 2018 - October 29, 2018

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Year 2018
Eternal August

Curated by Jennifer Buckle & Sonya Corbin Dwyer, Psychology Program, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfound land. Photographs by Dean Peckford.

This exhibition of photographs is part of a larger study on the meaning and purpose of commemorative tattoos. The photographs represent the initial part of research conducted by the psychology professors Jennifer Buckle and Sonya Corbin Dwyer. The study involved twenty-two volunteer participants from Newfoundland.

The curators comment:
“Tattoos have become a popular means for people to honour and pay tribute to deceased loved ones. While the research on memorial tattoos is very limited, particularly from a psychological perspective, results suggest they are a way that people can express and process their loss and make this experience visible not only to themselves but also to the public.”

The exhibition includes quotations from interviews with participants, together with a comments book in which visitors may record their thoughts and experiences. Having previously toured in Newfoundland, this is the exhibition’s first stop off the island.

This exhibition appears on the main floor of the MSVU library, which is located in the E. Margaret Fulton Centre.