The 10th Annual Dia de Los Muertos exhibit will open October 26th at the Poeh Cultural Center.
The exhibit, which will feature the works of 21 established New Mexico Hispanic and Native American artists, as well the works of youth and emerging artists. Their work celebrates the rich artistic and spiritual traditions as expressed in jewelry, painting, sculpture and photography.
Cara Romero, a photographer, described how the exhibit celebrates the intercultural connections of peoples in the Southwest. “Many of us (Natives from the Southwest) have grandparents that were listed as Mexican citizens. Many of our tribal languages from north and south of the border are the same,” Romero said. “The songs, the art, the dependence on the very same lands and waters. Our parrot bundles come from there, our shells and the shared culture of Dia de los Muertos reminds us that we were once the same peoples.”
This year marks the 10th Annual occasion for the show. “The reason I started the show was to showcase some local young and upcoming artists mainly to give back and remember the ones we have lost in our families, and to bring back the festival into New Mexico culture.” said Toby Morfin, one of the organizers and artists featured in the exhibit.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be held October 26th, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Poeh Cultural Center in Pojoaque.
Joshua I. Gallegos
Joseph A. Lopez
Sophia E. Rodriquez
Michael E. Martinez
Janet M. Rodriquez
Isaac C. Ortiz