Relating symbols: Contemporary prints for the Day of the Dead
Pepe Coronado brought together a group of artists and asked them to fuse the images of the calaveras and calacas (skulls and skeleton) with personal offerings, current events or their own cultural backgrounds. This approach to the Dia de los Muertos celebration views the remembrance of the dead not only as a religious practice, but also as a means for honoring family members, friends, or historical figures. Sociopolitical topics are explored as well. The project follows the tradition created by Jose Guadalupe Posada, who used the print medium to establish the calaveras as popular images associated with Mexican culture, while commenting on the current events of his time.
At the Hudson River Museum’s Dia de los Muertos celebration on November 2, 2013 this work was exhibited at the entrance to a printmaking workshop. The prints were displayed on El Carrito Grafico and The Print Stand, two handmade display tables that Pepe uses for interactive printmaking projects.