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Altar de Muertos Exhibit
November 7, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - November 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am
Altar de Muertos
Exhibit dates: October 20, 2019 – November 17, 2019
An exhibition of 17 works of art representing the spirit of Day of the Dead (Dia de los muertos) in conjunction with the annual display of the community altars will be hosted at IMAS this October 20 through November 17, 2019.
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday during which families celebrate their ancestors and loved ones that have passed away and in which, traditionally, the family sets up an altar with images, food, flowers and other ornaments in honor of and to the liking of those who have passed away.
“After all Death is a Symbol that there was Life.” Mario Benedetti
The celebration of the Day of the Dead is a Mexican and in general Mesoamerican celebration, that honors death. Held on November 1st and 2nd it is usually related to the catholic festivities of the Faithfull Departed and All Saints Days.
The celebration basically reminds us that death is an important part of life, and that we are finite beings, and therefore celebrate and appreciate life. Apart from the pain it can bring us, our indigenous culture have been embracing death and celebrating it.
In the prehispanic era, many Mesoamerican ethnicities honored death. Among them the Mexicas, which believed that their gods Mictecacíhuatl and Mictlantecuhtli, where in charge of defining the destiny of the spirits. Both considered to reign the Mictlán or “place of the dead”. However, to get there, the soul should battle with a series of obstacles to win eternal rest.
With the arrival of the Europeans, the ritual went through an acculturation process. The infraworld party joined with the death celebration and became what we know now as the Dia de Muertos. Some of the elements that stand out are the offerings and the “calaveritas”.
The Asociación de la Plástica de Garza García A. C., proudly presents the work of 17 artists, each one representing one of the altar offerings. The cempasúchil flower, the sugar skull and the candle among others, from the artists particular vision, honoring death and life taking this beautiful tradition of the Day of the Death altars beyond our frontiers.
-Olga Garza Sartorius
Cover image: Adrian Edgar. Y si nos vamos desinhibiendo, 2018. Acrylic.