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  • Arts & Culture
  • Issue 38

Object Matters

A macabre history of memento mori. Words by Katie Calautti. Photograph by Gustav Almestål. Styling by Andreas Frienholt.

It’s safe to presume that for as long as humans have existed, they’ve grappled with the inevitability of death. For much of that existence, they have found ways to immortalize the struggle via memento mori. Roughly translating from Latin as “Remember that you must die, ” memento mori are symbolic reminders of death in art, literature, philosophy, fashion, and architecture. The common symbols associated with them—skulls, fruit, flowers, snuffed candles, and clocks—serve to remind us that life is fleeting and


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Eight

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