Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2011
Exhibition by Louis Au
May 1st – June 5th, 2011. The Rivoli Lounge
Opening Reception: May 5th, 2011. 7 – 10 PM
Queen West Art Crawl 2011
September 16th – 18th, 2011. Gladstone Hotel
About this series: Dia de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos is an ancient Mexican ritual that dated back 3000 years. The Aztecs and Mayan civilizations viewed death as the continuation of life and embraced it as an awakening after life. Modern day Mexicans spend the night at the cemeteries and elaborately decorate their loved ones’ gravesites with marigold flowers and candles. It is also a common custom to make extravagant altars to welcome the spirits of the dead returning on this special day.
This series of photographs were taken during 2010’s Day of the Dead festival in Arocutin, Pátzcuaro and Tacambaro in Michoacán, Mexico.
Louis Au September 2011