Dia de Los Casi Muertos Exhibit
The exhibition pays homage to the traditional Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” a time when family and friends gather to remember and celebrate the lives of friends and family members who have passed away.
Dia de Los Casi Muertos or Day of the Almost Dead is an ongoing multimedia project that explores the cultural differences between Mexican and American experiences with death and aging. Julio Gonzalez is a local Mexican–American artist that was born in the South, but raised with the tradition of Day of the Dead’s Catholic practices within his Mexican family. The aim of the project is for contemporary American society to examine their values by confronting the taboo of death – ultimately pushing us to appreciate the gift of life.
Through video, sculpture, and photography, the 2017 iteration of the Día de Los Casi Muertos project will profile community members ages 30-40 of diverse backgrounds. Video interviews give participants the opportunity to talk openly and candidly about their experiences with death. Participants will have casts made of their faces which will be painted and photographed in a traditional Day of the Dead style and include objects from their personal lives.
The opening reception for “Dia de Los Casi Muertos” will take place Tuesday, October 31st from 6 to 10:30pm with live performances by local band, Nouveau Sud. Closing ceremony includes musical performances from local bands and XOXO on Friday, November 3rd from 7:30 to 11pm. Free Admission. For more information, visit www.WonderWhatIf.com
Project is made possible by: