The world's leading photographer and documentarian of funerary culture, Dr. Paul Koudounaris brings his latest, and by all accounts greatest, macabre display to La Luz de Jesus with a photo exhibit based on images from his new book Memento Mori. Having traveled the world for over a decade documenting the use of human bones in sacred contexts, he has distilled beautifully morbid photos from over 70 countries into a single package, filling the new book with the best-of-the-best, from Indonesian burial caves, to gilded Asian mummies, to jeweled German skeletons, to Bolivian skull festivals. And the finest of these images will be on display as part of a show which will open with a book signing on Friday, April 3. This is a kind of last go-around, since, after ten years among the dead, the author has decided that it's not possible for him to top the material contained in Memento Mori, and has indicated that it will be the end of his work with human remains--the last is usually the best, and this show promises to be a sumptuous visual feast which proves that while death may always be a mystery to the living, it can also be a source of beauty, awe, and inspiration.
Details: Memento Mori gallery exhibit opening and book signing, Friday, April 3, 8 to 11 pm. La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., 90027. Cross Streets: Vermont and Hollywood Blvd.