Hannah Habibi, Victoria Burgher and Jacqueline Nicholls
1. (of a commitment or undertaking) not honored or fulfilled
2. not tidy or cared for
Exhibited as part of the 2012 Urban Dialogues exhibition in London, the idea for this collaboration sprang from a discussion about identity – how we all fit or don’t fitinto society’s tickbox groups – and a subsequent visit to the Cross Bones Graveyard, London.
A pair ofrusting iron gates in Redcross Way, London, mark the entrance to this post-medievalunconsecrated burial ground where London’s prostitutes (known historically as the district's “WinchesterGeese”), paupers and other “undesirables” were buried. Overgrown with ivy, and now adorned with ribbons, flowers,feathers, jewellery and other tokens – and with a bronze plaque bearing the epitaph “R.I.P. TheOutcast Dead” – Cross Bones has become a living memorial to the lost and marginalized ofsociety.