Saodat Ismailova, The Haunted, 2017. Still from video. Courtesy the artist.

Deathpower is the new exhibition at the Law Warschaw Gallery. Guest-curated by Erin Robideaux Gleeson, the exhibition invites visitors to explore the ways that death multiplies life. Twenty-seven artists from different geographic and cultural backgrounds share personal and entangled vitalities across human and more-than-human registers. Five overlapping areas focus on rituals of care, including placemaking for ongoing communion between the living and the dead, language in acts of mourning, transformation and regeneration, survival, and the role of haunting for justice-to-come.

Tcheu Siong, Bigfoot Spirit 1, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Pha Tad Ke.

The artists included are:

  • Noor Abed (Palestine)
  • Marilyn Boror Bor (Maya-Kaqchikel/Guatemala)
  • Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe/USA)
  • Raven Chacon (Diné/USA)
  • Jim Denomie (Ojibwe, Lac Courte Oreilles Band/USA)
  • Cameron Patricia Downey (USA)
  • Douglas Ewart (Jamaica/USA)
  • Pao Houa Her (Laos/USA)
  • Dusadee Huntrakul (Thailand)
  • Rajyashri Goody (India)
  • Saodat Ismailova (Uzbekistan)
  • Kablusiak (Inuvialuk/Canada)
  • Jane Jin Kaisen (Jeju Island/ Denmark)
  • Heidi Lau (Macau/USA)
  • Vuth Lyno (Cambodia)
  • Pratchaya Phinthong (Thailand)
  • Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (Thailand)
  • Arin Rungjang (Thailand)
  • Tchieu Siong (Hmong/Laos)
  • Mikołaj Sobczak (Poland)
  • Than Sok (Cambodia)
  • Calvin Stalvig (USA)
  • Anocha Suwichakornpong (Thailand)
  • Tanat Teeradakorn (Thailand)
  • Maggie Thompson (Ojibwe, Fond du Lac Band/USA)
  • Bo Wang (China)
  • Worms (Macalester Sustainability Office)
  • Sawangwongse Yawnghwe (Shan/Netherlands)

The exhibition runs from February 10 – March 20, 2024. Public programs include a lecture, screening, herbal workshop, sonic performance, curatorial walkthroughs, and a closing community reception. All programs are free and open to the public.

Events Schedule


  • Thursday, Feb. 22 @ 7 pm: Lecture on Death, Care and Consequences by Erik W. Davis
  • Thursday, Feb. 29 @ 5 pm:  An Asian Ghost Story by Bo Wang; screening and conversation; Campus Center Davis Lecture Hall 


  • Saturday March 2 @ 4 pm: Performance of American Ledger no.1 by Raven Chacon, conducted by Dameun Strange; JWall Commons 
  • TBA: Workshop on Herbs for Death and Dying with Stephanie A. Lindquist
  • TBA, various days: Walkthrough in gallery with curator Erin Robideaux Gleeson
  • Tuesday, March 19 @ 6-8 pm Closing Reception in gallery

February 22 2024

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