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CULTURE / April 13 2012 1:34 PM

Vanitas: Death and Decadence in East London [NSFW]

Edited by contributor Catrin Davies explores an exhibition celebrating the European Vanitas art movement of the 15th and 16th century. See her musings here on FashionIndie.

With some people already writing the obituary for East London, what better way to deal with the death of creativity than with an event that plays on Dorian Gray levels of condemned vanity? The setting is a National Trust Tudor mansion in the unlikely heart of Homerton in East London, and the idea is based on the 15th and 16th century European Vanitas art movement – a self-obsession with beauty, death, decay and debauchery. Think skulls and butterflies, not a million miles away from what Damien Hirst is currently showing at Tate Modern.

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