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Memento Mori


If you would like to see this bloody severed head, it will be on view at the Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Va.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 11, 7 – 10pm, with juror talk at 8pm

The Gallery will be closed on Monday, October 14 in observance of Indigenous People’s Day.*


The newest exhibition in Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibitions space of Torpedo Factory Art Center, explores death and the way it shapes life. Memento Mori, Latin for “remember that you will die,” confronts this single most inevitable fact of all human existence.

“The intention is to create a dialogue about death in a way that every viewer can relate,” said Curator of Exhibitions Leslie Mounaime. “The goal being to facilitate personal connections between the artists in the show and the audience experiencing it.”

Laura Roulet, a D.C.-based independent curator and writer, juried the exhibition. She selected 28 works by artists from across the world, ten of whom are local to the region.

“These artists express fear and sadness, as well as comfort and spiritual faith. Many of these artworks are deeply personal, referring to the artist’s own brush with death or loss of a loved one,” said Roulet. “Whether through figurative, abstract or conceptual language, I believe this exhibition includes artworks that will speak to all.”

Participating Artists

Deidre Argyle,  Springfield, MO
Brandin Barón,  San Francisco, CA
Irene Clouthier,  Oakton, VA 
Ceci Cole McInturff, Alexandria, VA 
Scott Eagle, Greenville, NC
Madaline Gardner,  Greencastle, PA
Patrick Giblin, Springfield, VA 
Tom Greaves, Washington, DC 
Kerry Hentges, Fairfax, VA 
Kym Hepworth, Springfield, GA
M.A. Kleen, Lorton, VA 
Angela Kleis, Fairfax, VA 
Scott Ludwig, Boone, NC
Robyn Moore, Wellington, KY
Julie Ann Nagle, Jersey City, NJ
Julianne Nash, Brooklyn, NY
Sebastian Perinotti, New York, NY
Aziz Raad, Montgomery Village, MD
Jon-Joseph Russo, Washington, DC 
Claire Schmalzried, Dallas, TX
Robert Schultz, Salem, VA 
Henrik Sundqvist, Arlington, VA
Adam Swart, Montclair, NJ
Caterina Tedeschini, Rome, Italy
David Terrar, Gaithersburg, MD
Kristine Thompson, Baton Rouge, LA
MJ Tyson, Hoboken, NJ
Patrick Vincent, Nashville, TN

Earlier Event: August 23
North Carolina Monster Drawing Rally
Later Event: October 17
A Show Of Heads