Marigold Paths - The Art of Day of the Dead, at Blank Space

Blank Space, the ambitious creative house in Oslo, Norway, is organizing a group exhibition focusing around Día de Muertos, the Day of the Dead. This tradition was recognized in 2008 by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and is characterized by symbolic skulls and dried marigold flowers, is a celebration of the ripples we make in our lives through the souls we have touched. Through its rich colors and iconic imagery Día de Muertos has gained huge traction, and its teachings of celebrating life rather than mourning death has found its way into festivals throughout the world.

In this exhibition, we have gathered over 30+ artists of Mexican heritage living all over the world to share their experiences with this tradition, and invite both norwegians and mexicans alike to join this moving experience that merges what has happened and what has yet to be.

This exhibition and festival will be an homage to the Mexican tradition, a celebration of the richness, colors, and imagery that will be represented by the different Mexican artists with different mediums and from different backgrounds.

The purpose of this project is to immerse the Norwegian audience in the folklore of this celebration, and to invite Mexican people living in Europe to revive this tradition. Alongside the exhibition there will be other activities to promote this cultural exchange and a better understanding of this in-depth tradition and the joy that it brings.

The exhibition will open October 19th, with a vernissage from 18:00 – 21:00. It will run until November 29th, and will host events throughout the exhibition to better cement the understanding of this amazing celebration to the Norwegian public. Meat and vegetarian tamales and tacos will be available to purchase.

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