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Dead Soon is a cultural art project. A beautiful synthesis between art, science, and spirituality, revealing a unique cosmos in photographing the ashes of those who have passed.

Discovered in 2012 by Mexican artist Gabriela Reyes Fuchs, Dead Soon represents visual evidence confirming our connection to stars. Intuitively led to meet with her grief following her father’s sudden death, Gabriela captured mesmerising multicoloured nebulae when looking at his ashes through a microscope only days after his passage. A profound experience of love, awe, and reconnection.

“We are all atomically connected. Fundamentally, universally. The origin of the iron in our blood, the oxygen we're breathing, the silicone in our computers, lies in the life cycle of stars. Our bodies were forged in the spectacular death of stars. The origins of our atoms can be traceable to stars that manufactured them in their interiors and exploded them all across the Milky Way, billions of years ago.“
- Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair of Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of California, Santa Cruz


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the project
Living in denial of impermanence is where human suffering occurs. Embracing the vulnerability of the unknown is our answer. We are humans in nature on earth, and part of an infinite cosmos. We are interconnected, spiritual beings having human experiences. We are part of a continuum.

Dead Soon is a pioneering cultural art project for collective transformation. Irrespective of colour, age, physiology, gender, philosophy, religion, or species, this project unifies us visually, equally, without labels.

Life’s only certainty is death. We will all be dead soon, losing those we love along the way. Everything we know on this planet will eventually die. Following her father’s death, artist Gabriela Fuchs is inviting us to reflect upon impermanence and interconnection with more meaning and depth. We face loss on a daily basis, yet it is something we don’t talk enough about, if at all. And if we did, how would we live differently? Potentially better? Would we love deeper? Would we say yes more? Would we show more compassion?

Grief is the most significant stage connected to loss. Dead Soon is the opportunity to initiate deeper conversations and rewrite the narratives related to death, trauma, and grief. How we relate to endings determines our overall health and experience of happiness and growth. Unresolved, it can lead to illness and a legacy of trauma passed on through generations. Resolved, it can lead to profound freedom.

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Footage of Gabriela discovering her father's cosmos.
OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19
We have been unified by a singular threat irrespective of our geography, beliefs, status, tribe, gender and age.

However, humbly we recognise the virus’ repercussions will affect us disparately depending on our social and geographical differences. The sustained essence of community is crucial to help each other through this.

Our rite of passage and traditional grieving process has been denied by current restrictions. Dead Soon is prepared for this emerging grief terrain.   
  
Whilst momentous, the prioritization of the virus must not minimise or overshadow pre-existing climatic and social realities, especially for those of us inflicted by disease, suffering, inequality, war and living within vulnerable communities. 

Life as we knew it pre-Covid-19, will never be the same again. We can embrace, adapt and create collectively within this new state of impermanence. May we evolve through these growing pains together, interconnectedly.

Footage of Gabriela discovering her father's cosmos.
Dead Soon is a cultural art project. A beautiful synthesis between art, science, and spirituality, revealing a unique cosmos in photographing the ashes of those who have passed.

Discovered in 2012 by Mexican artist Gabriela Reyes Fuchs, Dead Soon represents visual evidence confirming our connection to stars. Intuitively led to meet with her grief following her father’s sudden death, Gabriela captured mesmerising multicoloured nebulae when looking at his ashes through a microscope only days after his passage. A profound experience of love, awe, and reconnection.

“We are all atomically connected. Fundamentally, universally. The origin of the iron in our blood, the oxygen we're breathing, the silicone in our computers, lies in the life cycle of stars. Our bodies were forged in the spectacular death of stars. The origins of our atoms can be traceable to stars that manufactured them in their interiors and exploded them all across the Milky Way, billions of years ago.“
- Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair of Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of California, Santa Cruz


read more
commission here
The Project
Living in denial of impermanence is where human suffering occurs. Embracing the vulnerability of the unknown is our answer. We are humans in nature on earth, and part of an infinite cosmos. We are interconnected, spiritual beings having human experiences. We are part of a continuum.

Dead Soon is a pioneering cultural art project for collective transformation. Irrespective of colour, age, physiology, gender, philosophy, religion, or species, this project unifies us visually, equally, without labels.

Life’s only certainty is death. We will all be dead soon, losing those we love along the way. Everything we know on this planet will eventually die. Following her father’s death, artist Gabriela Fuchs is inviting us to reflect upon impermanence and interconnection with more meaning and depth. We face loss on a daily basis, yet it is something we don’t talk enough about, if at all. And if we did, how would we live differently? Potentially better? Would we love deeper? Would we say yes more? Would we show more compassion?

Grief is the most significant stage connected to loss. Dead Soon is the opportunity to initiate deeper conversations and rewrite the narratives related to death, trauma, and grief. How we relate to endings determines our overall health and experience of happiness and growth. Unresolved, it can lead to illness and a legacy of trauma passed on through generations. Resolved, it can lead to profound freedom.


read more
OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19
We have been unified by a singular threat irrespective of our geography, beliefs, status, tribe, gender and age. However, humbly we recognise the virus’ repercussions will affect us disparately depending on our social and geographical differences. The sustained essence of community is crucial to help each other through this.

Our rite of passage and traditional grieving process has been denied by current restrictions. Dead Soon is prepared for this emerging grief terrain.   
  

Whilst momentous, the prioritization of the virus must not minimise or overshadow pre-existing climatic and social realities, especially for those of us inflicted by disease, suffering, inequality, war and living within vulnerable communities. 

Life as we knew it pre-Covid-19, will never be the same again. We can embrace, adapt and create collectively within this new state of impermanence. May we evolve through these growing pains together, interconnectedly.