Posted by Damon Schreiber (Toronto, Canada) on 23 December 2012 in Art & Design and Portfolio.
Day 2. Mexico City.
This was a display of skull paintings from artists around the world.
Calacas are figures of skulls or skeletons (usually human) commonly used for decoration during the Mexican Day of the Dead festival, although they are made all year round. Tracing their origins from Aztec imagery, calacas are frequently shown with marigold flowers and foliage. As with other aspects of the Day of the Dead festival, calacas are generally depicted as joyous rather than mournful figures. They are often shown wearing festive clothing, dancing, and playing musical instruments to indicate a happy afterlife. This draws on the Mexican belief that no dead soul likes to be thought of sadly, and that death should be a joyous occasion.