How does our society deal with death?
Investigate what students know and understand about death and their beliefs about an afterlife. What happens when we die? Do they believe in an afterlife? Who gets to go to an afterlife? Is it on merit or does everybody go?
Compare how saints’ relics were decorated and worshipped in medieval churches with late 20th century artworks like ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ by Damien Hirst and ‘Monument’ by Susan Hiller.
Students can then create a small monument or tomb for a person or a historical event that is inspired by Susan Hiller’s work using card relief and a shoe box.