In the Catholic Church there are three classes of relics.
The first class is body parts of a saint.
The second class includes things that belonged to saints, objects they have used or surrounded themselves with.
The third class relic is an object that touched the body of a saint.
To create third class relics, small holes are drilled in the tombs of saints. The objects are lowered through the holes and once they touch the corpse, they are no longer everyday and mundane; they become sacred.

Meteorites, boulders, rocks, stones

What stories does a rock whisper?

For over two years, I have been collecting rock stories. Many of them belong to folk people, such as my ancestors: collectively woven myths that gave ground to caring rituals of growing connections to the land, territory and each other. Over time these stories fluctuate, gently passed through generations.

The longer I indulge my obsession with rock stories, the more I begin to believe that a rock is not mute at all, but perhaps, the most excellent storyteller of them all.

Bio: Emilia Martin is an artist passionate about myths and storytelling, working on the intersection of photography, sound and writing.
Through her work she explores the power of speculation and reimagining of the realities she inhabits. She perceives myths, tales, and storytelling as effective tools for revisioning the past and weaving liveable futures. With the use of speculation and shifting perspectives, Emilia revises and constructs personal narratives informed by the intersectional feminist approaches.
Coming from a long heritage of Polish rural ancestry, yet being a first generation born into a heavy industrial urban landscape, she explores themes that reflect the context of her upbringing: a collage of folk mythologies and beliefs clashing against the extractivist patriarchal practices.