“Business as usual no longer offers a solution! Accept the end of the world as we know it and plan for it! The art of palliative change affirms life and at the same time understands dying as a normal and natural course of things!”
In 2020 the artist Olav Westphalen (*1963) initiated the Association for the Palliative Turn as a loose international group of artists. Since then, the members have been dealing with the artistic possibilities of dealing with death, relief and farewell in various media and event formats – using humor, generosity, joy and reflection. In the practice of life, the human body inevitably plays the role of a medium.
The various restrictions that bodies impose on people are just as much a part of this as all special sensory perceptions and experiences.
Photos by Thomas Meyer