Dia De Los Muertos (Day of The Dead)
is a traditional Mexican holiday which celebrates and honors the
dead through colorful expression in art, costumes, music, food,
dance & drink... an important annual event culminating in "una
fiesta en el cematario" (a party in the cemetery).
Among the cultures of Mexico - where the tradition originated -
this observance has ancient Aztec and Mesoamerican roots and is
a national holiday. The Day of the Dead is also celebrated to a
lesser extent in other Latin American countries; for example, it
is a public holiday in Brazil -where many celebrate by visiting
cemeteries and churches. This holiday is also observed in the Philippines.
Observance of this ancient tradition has spread to Mexican-American
communities in the United States as well. Similarly themed celebrations
also appear in some Asian and African cultures.
Though the subject matter may be considered morbid from the perspective
of mainstream Anglo-American culture, Latin celebrants typically
approach the Day of the Dead joyfully. Though this festival occurs
at the same time as Halloween, All Saints' Day, and All Souls Day
the traditional mood is much brighter in tone with an emphasis on
celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased together with
celebrating the continuation of life in a different form or realm.
The core belief is not that death is an absolute end and personal
extinction but that death instead marks the beginning of a new stage
of spiritual growth.
Curator Rick Castro will present this first-ever art exhibit featuring
erotic interpretations of Dia De Los Muertos. Castro is reaching
out beyond the Latino community, inviting artists of all backgrounds,
nationalities and faiths to share their interpretations of this
predominately Latin tradition.
It is Castro´s hope that by presenting Dia De Los Muertos,
one of the few Latin traditions not completely veiled in religious
dogma, and opening this tradition up to all nationalities, faiths
and sexual persuasions the exhibit will begin to bridge gaps of
alienation and fear regarding these mysterious core aspects of life
- sexuality and death - which some religions have stigmatized, exploited,
or viewed very differently for thousands of years.
Life, sexuality, death, and spirituality are all entwined in an
erotic mutual embrace of celebration at? Antebellum Gallery's "Dia
De Los Muertos~Erotica" exhibition. Please do join us!