Eternal rest, that's what undertakers and priests promise us as a reward for life's hectic storm. The trophy at the finish and also the only ecclesiastical fable that has been difficult to disenchant throughout our lifetime. We love to believe in it and cling to the possibility of a peaceful sleep full of sweet dreams, so much more desirable than the eternal void.
The only rest we can be sure of, however, is the silence we find in the cemetery during our lifetime, the ideal place for detachment and tranquility. You will not find a more effective medicine for the excess noise, ambition, stress and ego that is inseparable from these modern times.
‘Lig hier zacht en stil’ translates as ‘Lie here quietly and still’, ‘it is a song the graves whispered to me, and will hopefully serve as a soundtrack for those vital lost moments of aimless staring’, says Jan Swerts.
Artwork by Eric Kriek