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Dia de Todos Los Muertos [Day of All Dead]
25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 8 in.)
Manuel Álvarez Bravo
(Mexico City, 1902 - 2002, Mexico City)
Latin America, Mexican
Medium and Support:
Gelatin silver print
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Burt Wolf on behalf of Ian H. Zwicker of NYC; Gift from The Contemporary Austin to the Blanton Museum of Art, 2017
Manuel Álvarez Bravo studied briefly with Italian-born, Mexico-based photographer Tina Modotti. When she was deported from Mexico in 1930 for political reasons he purchased her cameras and took up her practice of capturing everyday images in the streets of Mexico City. In “Día de Todos Los Muertos,” he plays with the traditional motif of “death and the maiden” in the context of the Mexican popular celebration dedicated to honoring one’s ancestors. A young woman holds a sugar skull; her smile and the word “amor” [love] written on the confection simultaneously challenge and affirm human mortality.