Memento Mori: A theory developed during the growth and spread of Christianity. It explores and emphasises the concepts of Paradise, Hell, and the Salvation of the human soul in the afterlife.
Started in 2016 by Greek-Australian photographer Alexandra Sarah as her fine arts thesis, Memento Mori expresses the artist’s profound interest in the more occult aspects of both religion and society. A synthesis of both portraits and still-life images, influenced by textbooks of religious and supernatural content of the Middle Ages, but mainly by poetic and literary readings of the Victorian era, such as the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Percy Bysshe Shelley, as well as by H. P. Lovecraft, and Robert Louis Stevenson. With a harmonious combination of theatre and photography, as well a trace of Victorian aesthetics, the artist narrates a story – the story of a young woman carrying a heavy load. Her inner demons are real, and they constantly threaten her logic, perhaps even her own life, and she would be willing to do anything to save her soul. By engaging into a more minimal approach, and through the use of more cold and dark tones, Alexandra Sarah explores how something that may look beautiful and seductive can in reality be fragile, mysterious, and even dangerous – a concept with which perhaps many can identify.