How do you celebrate the life of a loved one that has passed?
As a Latino, I have always known Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead as the way to commemorate the life of those who have departed. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican tradition resulting from a mix of indigenous practices and Spanish Catholicism. It is celebrated October 31 through November 2. It is about acknowledging death, grieving, memorializing loved ones, and celebrating them for who they were when they were alive.

Although, I have seen pieces of this tradition make their way into events like Halloween, with face paint, costumes, and animated movies, I have not seen the core element of coming to terms  with death make the same cultural leap. This  observation inspired me to create the Dia de Los Casi Muertos Project.

Día de Los Casi Muertos or Day of the Almost Dead is a multimedia experience that pays homage to the Mexican tradition. The project explores observations with death and aging through a video and photography installation. Come experience this cross-cultural celebration of life.

Francisco Gonzalez

Rocio Llusca

Kim Johnson

Susan Andre

LaToya Pousa

Elisa Lopez Trejo

  1. Dia de Los Casi Muertos 2016 Trailer
  2. Interview Film - 2016
    Individuals contemplate their own experiences with death, and their thoughts on mortality. Filmed at The Light Factory. Video by Juan Ossa