About the installation
During my time managing 13FOREST Gallery I installed a traditionally Día De Los Muertos alter in the gallery space. As a Latina from Los Angeles who grew up celebrating this holiday, I chose to highlighting the personal nature of Día de los Muertos as it's typically enjoyed with family or friends at home. For me this holiday has always revolved around personal history, ritual, and memory.
The real joy of Day of the Dead is bringing friends and family back from the grave into our world to celebrate with them. Unlike funerals or death anniversaries when the dead are deeply mourned, the holiday is clearly not meant to be a sad event.
In addition to a non-Western view of death, Day of the Dead also deals with identity and family history and how these elements dictate personal narrative, actions, and decisions.