My photographic research started evolving four years ago, when the death of my father sparked a journey back home and the exploration of traditional Greek funerary rituals. Endeavouring to further understand my roots, I focused on the collective mourning and ritual laments of the last communities of professional mourners in the Mani peninsula of Greece. In the crossroads of performance and staged emotion, I aim to look at how the work of mourning contextualises modern regimes of looking, reading, and feeling with regards to the subject of death in Greece today. Making a work about grief requires a journey through memory and memory loss. To me, these images work as vehicles for mourning perished ideals of vitality, prosperity and belonging, attempting to say something further than their subjects by creating a space where death can exist.