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.

Dia de Los Casi Muertos or Day of the Almost Dead is an ongoing multimedia project that explores the cultural differences between Mexican and American experiences with death and aging. The aim of the project is for contemporary American society to examine their values by confronting the taboo of death – ultimately pushing us to  appreciate the gift of life. 

This project is made possible by a grant from the Arts and Science Council

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