Oaxaca, México 2017
The construction of buildings for common use like a barn or dykes to preserve water have been for centuries activities that strengthen the social fabric and concepts of community and identity.
Most of the feasts, civil and religious as well are also social expressions that involve every member of a community. The celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico is not an exception. Setting up the offerings for that celebration gathers every family member in the domestic altars and a cemetery may be transformed into a kind of common sanctuary.
Our space is a site specific work designed for the Day of the Dead.
The buildings of common use will find its symbolic expression in 13 bricks of Cob or huge adobes of 60x40x120 cm.
The installation will be also the stage for the performing of the Multimedia Ballet “Red Nymphs Garden”*. The ballet is a celebration in honor of water, in a sequence of allegorical scenes that involve traditions of pre-Columbian divinities related to seasonal changes and fertility energies.
* I wrote the script and led a group of 12 artists to create this ballet collaboration at Oaxaca in 2016
Renders: Francisco Javier Martínez