In the northern provinces of Ancient China, from 9 CE to 13 CE, brick was used in the construction of tombs, in imitation of wooden structures found above ground.
The inward-facing tomb walls mimic the exterior facades of buildings above-ground, and the sky above is painted with constellations in reversed cardinal orientation. Entombment, therefore, becomes a process of exteriorization.
Title: Exit Architecture
Location: Art Omi, New York
Team: Jen Wood, Emanuel Admassu
Curators: Julia van den Hout, Kyle May, and Warren James
Metalwork: Nine and Two Thirds
Photograph: Courtesy of Bryan Zimmerman for Art Omi