A burial is used in various cultures to signify a transition from the living to the afterlife. Bodies are adorned and prepared to transition to a new world, which can signify better places, reincarnations, bust most notably a place of happiness and bliss.
Sean M. Johnson uses rituals and metaphors to create burials of LGBTQIA+ individuals to explore their fantasy or idealized world they would like to be in. As a community that is marginalized in many cultures, societies, and religions, the artist seeks to create a dialog that explores ideologies of desire, loss, and hope through fantasy. These burials are portraits and collaborations of the model’s idealized worlds, their hopes, and worlds they could be in without the stigmas that are placed on them.
This project has been funded by the Regional Arts & Cultural Council.