visitas

visitas
visitas

lunes, 11 de febrero de 2008

Mexican altar on international Women´s Day




Mexican altar on international Women´s Day

In the international Women´s Day, the Mexican artist Adelina Reyes create an altar-ofrenda, (offering altar), devoted to distinguished Latin American women that have left marks on our history.
Traditionally an altar is the sacred place where the living honor the dead. It must integrate four essential elements that have a symbolic significance: water, earth, wind and fire. The water is offered in a glass to the dead, so that they can quench their thirst. The bread, being a product of the earth, enables the dead to satisfy their hunger. The wind that stirs the perforated coloured paper brightens up the altar. The lighted candles symbolise the fire that purifies everything.

The flowers, religious imagery, photographs of the dead, comestibles, beverages, sweets, cigarettes, tequila and coffee are additional elements that decorate the altar. The purpose behind the altar is to remember our beloved deceased, as well as all those who have had a positive influence on us during their lifes. This should be done with happiness and joy, not with gloom or sadness.
In order to complete the altar, the artist invites all those who are interested to add a photograph of their beloved departed, in honour of their memory.

8 March 2008

Address: Centro Cultural de Hispanohablantes
Willem Schoutenstraat 1-A
1057 DL Amsterdam
Tel.: 020 – 6185828