SUEÑOS VIVOS (DAY OF THE DEAD ALTAR), 2017
SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATION WITH DIRT, WOOD, marigolds, greens, food
9'x 6'x 5'
Sueños Vivos is a Day of the Dead Altar for El Museo Del Barrio. It is a tribute to anyone who has ever dreamed and worked hard for a better life, specifically the people that have lost their lives crossing into the United States.
Seeds will grow. We will bloom. This altar was thought out and built while keeping #daca and Mexico in my heart. It is a tribute to anyone who has ever dreamed and worked hard for a better life, specifically the people that have lost their lives crossing into the United States. It is a reminder to them and us that their love and passion have not died because of our determination to carry them. I believe our ancestor’s love will guide us toward positive change. The altar is divided into two sections: heaven (cielo) and earth (tierra). The earth section consists of cempasuchil flowers lining the altar and scattered on top of a base of dirt and wooden crates. The heaven section is represented by the vertical wooden structure where there are three images of people who where in Tijuana, Mexico in between 1985-1989 trying to cross to the United States. The lavender attracts the spirits of those who have passed on, so that they can enjoy the food and drink provided on the altar. These offerings guide them up the vertical structure, which holds a wooden cross at the top in front of a cempasuchil wreath. The wreath ultimately guides these spirits into transcendence. • The photographers are from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) archive taken by Roberto Cordova, Carla Reynosa, Norma Iglesias and Alfonso Caraveo. • The ceramic work is by Fernanda Uribe from Tijuana, Mexico, who runs Punto Verde Ceramics, a sculptural project created in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.