Dia de Muertos
Curated by Laura Irene
September 4 - Nov 4, 2018
10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Opening Reception + Artist Panel:
Thursday, September 6, 2018 7-9pm
Community Event: Friday, November 2, 2018 8-10pm
The public is invited to bring a photo of a loved one lost to share their/your story with the community or participate as a bystander. The altar will be on view from Nov 1-Nov 3.
Fiesta: Friday, November 2nd : 10pm-1am (following the community gathering)
DJ collective Maracuyea will be spiinin' tunes into the night + late night view of the exhibit.
Curatorial Statement :
Day of the Dead signifies a time in which communities come together to remember their loved ones – the ways in which that is done varies across traditional lines. To an uneducated public, it has become synonymous with Mexico seen only as candied skulls and skeleton painted faces that is often confused with an offensive Halloween costume. Not only is it experienced differently across Mexico but it is also celebrated throughout Latin America dating back to pre-colonization. This exhibit aims to reclaim this holiday that has been gentrified, repackaged as décor, and sold in party stores across the USA. The culture, identity and experiences of these artists are not for sale.
The artists selected for this exhibit come from a new generation giving a current perspective of what this time means to them as Latin American artists living in the USA. These artists will express their own perspective of death while also discerning the separation and/or connection with the tradition itself as generations shift, change and grow. Acknowledging the seeds planted many moons ago by their ancestors, it is through their work that they will bring back the authenticity of Day of the Dead to a space that now includes them. In this exhibit artists will discern, contemplate, mourn, and remember in order to process, heal and express their own truth.
Erick Antonio Benitez
Cindy Santos Bravo
Ariel Cavalcante Foster
Nadia Rea Morales