About Habeas Corpus

The Habeas Corpus Project is a long-term series of art/performance project conceived and organized by Jeff Casey in conjunction with other artists. Its goal is to explore the modern understandings of death, grief and mourning.

Habeas Corpus is a Latin phrase that means roughly 
"you shall have the body." The phrase is usually employed in legal contexts and refers to the process by which an accused person may be brought bodily from incarceration before a court, usually to attempt to secure release. Like the writ of habeas corpus, this project calls for the public display of the body. In a culture such as ours where the death, mourning and grief are regarded as private matters, the aim is to bring the dead into the public space and derive meaning from public contemplation of human loss.