Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead is one of the biggest and most spectacular celebrations in Mexico. During the two first days of November millions of Mexican families adorn streets and houses with colourful ofrendas or offerings. The main idea behind an ofrenda is remembering and honouring the memory of your ancestors. Favourite foods or objects of the deceased relatives and colourful decorations -made of paper and cempoaxochitl flower- are the main components that comprise an ofrenda.
The visual elements used in ofrendas have had a huge impact in Mexican artistic expression, such as paintings, literature and photography. This influence has gone beyond Mexico motivating a group of people in Bristol to create an exhibition. Some members of the group had the chance to see this exhibition guided by Angel, a Ph.D. student in our group.