death in mexico
A series of curated tours to celebrate the Day of the Death tradition with local communities in Mexico. Curated for the Morbid Anatomy Museum (Brooklyn, NY) |
(fall 2013, 2014, and 2016)
Death in Mexico I
MONTERREY, GUANAJUATO, AGUASCALIENTES, ZACATECAS | October 31 - November 4, 2013.
A 4-day trip to Mexico focusing on sites influential to the Mexican history of death. This trip took a community of artists, writers, collectors, and Day of the Dead enthusiasts to witness and share the traditional celebration in local communities. Starting with a Day of the Dead vigil with local artists at a venue in El Barrio Antiguo, the historical quarter of the northern industrial city of Monterrey, this trip took the form of an ongoing multicultural exchange of cultural visions around the notion of dead and mourning. The trip focused on both main sites and lesser-known macabre destinations holding unique gems associated with the culture of death in north and central Mexico: from off-the-beaten-track Day of the Dead celebrations, to museums, markets, and cementeries, to quirky street tours, mommies and legends.
Death in Mexico II
MEXICO CITY | OAXACA October 30 – November 3, 2014. A 4-day trip to Mexico focusing on sites influential to the Mexican history of death. This trip took a community of artists, writers, collectors, and Day of the Dead enthusiasts to witness and share the traditional celebration in Mexico City and Oaxaca. Some of the highlights of this trip included a visit to the Monte Alban and El Templo Mayor Archeological Sites, Day of the Dead celebrations at the Dolores and San Miguel cemeteries, the Monumental Day of the Dead Offering at El Zocalo in Mexico City and Oaxaca's historical downtown area, guided visits to artists workshops, special tours of obscure museums and markets, and more.
Death in Mexico III
MEXICO CITY | MORELIA | JANITZIO October 30 – November 3, 2016. The historic city of Morelia and the Patzcuaro Lake Riviera are some of the most emblematic sites to celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico. This trip took a community of artists, writers, collectors, and Day of the Dead enthusiasts to witness and share this traditional celebration in local communities where mores and customs have been preserved through generations. This curated tour included special celebrations, visits to museums, hidden corners, markets selling Day of the Dead artifacts, churches, and cemeteries. At the highlight of the tour, and after crossing the waters of the Patzcuaro Lake by night, the group experienced a unique take on the tradition by partaking the celebration with local Purepecha families and submerging in the unique atmosphere of legendary Janitzio's Animecha Kejtziatakua, “The Night of the Dead.”
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