DEATH FLIES

2012

Ghana

After having photographed a number of funeral ceremonies in Ghana, I became interested in the fate of the poorer individuals whose families or lack of them could not afford the cost of fastidious commemorations. Inequality in death became a subtopic of my work and lead me to enter this public morgue. I wanted to demistify the idea that social classes disappear once life is gone. In this public morgue, bodies are stored, left to rot until they are burned in a mass grave once every 3 months or so. I feel that this series is the closest to a funeral these forgotten people will ever have.