Mourning School is an artistic study program on the notion of being in grief as the stuff of our everyday, initiated by Lucie Gottlieb and Rosa Paardenkooper.


Dear, don’t forget to bring a carton of milk on your way home x

A postal project 
October 2021 - February 2022

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An audio-essay on the series by Dear, and Mourning School is published in the sixth issue of No Niin magazine. Read here
Dear, don’t forget to bring a carton of milk on your way home x is a series of letters developed in collaboration with Dear, an Amsterdam-based artist initiative run by Martha Jager. Focused on experiences of, and reflections on queer mourning, we will send out monthly letters by five contributing artists, authors and poets between October 2021 and February 2022. 

The title Dear, don’t forget to bring a carton of milk on your way home x refers to (last) messages received by those people who are no longer with us. It stems from a conversation we had on messages we received or found in hindsight: a shoppping list tucked away in a book, a teasing text message, a postcard... It relates to the unexpectedness with which these messages suddenly show up in our day to day, stirring up a range of emotions at different intensities. 

This everydayness of grief formed the invitation to MYCKET, Pamela Sneed, G, Manuel Solano and Every Ocean Hughes, who have each reflected on it in letters written or otherwise composed. 

About the first letter
The first letter of the series is sent out on Friday, 15 October 2021 and is written by the art- design & architecture group MYCKET. MYCKET was initiated in 2012 by the designers, architects and artists Mariana Alves Silva, Katarina Bonnevier, Ph.D., and Thérèse Kristiansson. 

MYCKET tries to work from a set of interacting perspectives; queer, feminism, class, anti-racism, the more than human. Their artistic research practice, which often takes place together with others in large networks, has generated a breadth of results; large-scale theatre productions, permanent public spaces, costumes, details, works of art, instruments, exhibitions, animations, performances, text and theory production, education and lectures. 

This letter series is made possible with support from The Swedish Art Council and Stichting Stimuleringsfonds Rouw.