Morituri te Salutant

“Morituri te Salutant” translates in roman to “those who are about to die, salute you” and was a phrase that the ancient gladiators would proclaim in the colosseum. This work has layering commentary about how violence functions in our world. What’s glorified by the masses? What’s not? The imagery in this work pulls from many eras & violences: The title (ancient Rome), the dog masks (twentieth century USA “dogs of war”), stripped workout attire (1936 Olympics in German), the projection across the back wall (literal guns & knives), choreographic fight scenes, etc.