The project is an exploration of the origins and evolution of the traditional Mexican celebration Day of the Dead. The essence of respect, love, unity and humor prevalent in this celebration of life embraces any person connecting that question with the varies forms of love that define us as what means to be human. We are made of memories and stories inherited from past generations. There is not such thing as the present that is not shape by the past and no future that is shape by the present. 2022 Día de Muertos, a Celebration of life project will develop three Art installations in spaces sponsored by members or the Propulsion Network project. Old Town Gallery Cafe in Downtown Portland, JJ Studios in SE Powell and a third Prototype Installation Gallery site will take place in an area open to the public.
An important aspect of the Day of the Dead Celebration is rest in the memory that keeps our dead alive. The practice that honors those who are no longer here it is an ancient practice. “La ofrenda” is the display of offerings leave overnight for those visitors to enjoy and to let them know they are have not been forgotten. The art sites will have designated spaces for Oregon groups, individuals and organizations to participate with their own offerings. Your stories, your pictures, your words and objects will have a special place in the center of the installation. In addition state and international artists will submit two dimensional art work thematic to Día de Muertos to be part of the installation. The work will be display in the three locations in 2022.