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Latinx traditions date back thousands of years. From the southernmost part of Chile to Northern Mexico alike, Latinx communities honor and venerate traditions passed down by our indigenous ancestors whose cultural heritage is still alive today.

Day of the Dead, a Mexica/Mexican tradition, traces its roots back to Mesoamerica; whereby the Nahua people (later Aztec) created a Tzompantli (skull rack) to honor Mictlantecuhtli (god of death). While similar death rituals are found around the world, in Aztec tradition unlike any other, great athletes and men of noble standing would volunteer through a series of competitive ballgames to partake in the Tzompantli. The winners rejoiced in bringing great honor into their household and ensured their passage to a higher level in Mictlan (underground), a willing sacrifice.

Today people all around the world celebrate Day of the Dead, by making altars (Contemporary Tzompantlis) that open a safe passage for their departed ones to come back and partake in earthly festivities made in their honor. For one night a year, Mictlantecuhtli opens the doors of Mictlan and allows our loved ones to celebrate their lives with us once more. The creation of altars serves to venerates those in Mictlan. Candles, flowers, candy, food, and colorful traditional Mexican motives guide our ancestors home so they will have everything they need to celebrate one night with their loved ones in this realm... until the next time our paths cross.

Curated by Erika Hirugami, MAAB • Founder & CEO of CuratorLove

 

CuratorLove + 72 & Sunny

October / November 2018 • Playa Vista


Featured Artists

Sonia Romero

Sonia Romero

Judithe Hernández

Judithe Hernández

Claudia Cano

Claudia Cano

Moncho 1929

Moncho 1929

Eamon Ore Giron

Eamon Ore Giron

Roberto Benavidez

Roberto Benavidez

Felipe Ehrenberg

Felipe Ehrenberg

Frank Romero

Frank Romero

Scott Kiche

Scott Kiche

Oscar Magallanes

Oscar Magallanes

Yreina Cervantez

Yreina Cervantez

Nikhol Esteras

Nikhol Esteras

Lizette Olivas

Lizette Olivas

Gabby Zapata

Gabby Zapata

Antonio Pelayo

Antonio Pelayo

Lino Martinez

Lino Martinez

J Michael Walker

J Michael Walker

Narsiso Martinez

Narsiso Martinez

Eric Merrell

Eric Merrell

Adrian Delgado

Adrian Delgado

Aleksandr Kats

Aleksandr Kats

Patricia Zambrano

Patricia Zambrano

Joshua Abarbanel

Joshua Abarbanel

Abraham Torres

Abraham Torres

Kiara Aileen Machado

Kiara Aileen Machado

Bryan Avila

Bryan Avila

Albert Lopez Jr.

Albert Lopez Jr.

Luciana Abait

Luciana Abait

Francisco Palomares

Francisco Palomares

Frank Ybarra

Frank Ybarra

Andrea Sofia Santizo

Andrea Sofia Santizo

Piero F. Giunti

Piero F. Giunti

Diane Gamboa

Diane Gamboa

Isaac Pelayo

Isaac Pelayo

Corey Howell

Corey Howell


ALtars by the following artists

Summer Bernal

Summer Bernal

Tita Giangualano

Tita Giangualano

Rosalie López

Rosalie López

Alana Medina

Alana Medina



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Founded in 1970 in the heart of East Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics & Art is dedicated to the production, interpretation, and distribution of prints and other media by Chicana/o and Latina/o artists. Our multi-disciplinary, inter-generational programs promote artistic excellence and empower our community by providing access to space, tools, training and capital.

El Nopal Press is distinguished by its focus on the work of artists who explore border issues, and the complex cultural relationships between Mexico/US. Founded in Los Angeles in 1990, El Nopal Press produced prints by artists, executed as lithographs, woodcuts, etchings and combinations of these processes, expressing considerations that range from the social and the ethical to issues of identity.