Sacred/Sagrado: Festivals of Mexico is a project I began in 2011. Since then, I have been traveling to various communities in the country to witness and document traditions that are part of the fabric of Mexican culture.
The term “sacred” invokes two distinct definitions of the word: that which is holy, and that which is a cherished part of the life of a community. Though all the festivals I have photographed tie back in some way to the religious calendar (Mardi Gras, after all, is the day before Lent), only about half of them celebrate the deeply held beliefs of the Catholic faith. Other images portray a profound sense of tradition, identity, and community that is every bit as intensely felt.
I have a strong interest in what is meaningful to communities and cultures and how those values are expressed. I am intrigued equally by that which is universal—the powerful beauty of everyday moments of human connection—and by the unique expressions of a particular culture. In that sense, I hope that viewers will encounter—and bring curiosity to—both the familiar and the unfamiliar in this exhibition.
Individual images have appeared in a number of exhibitions across the US, and a solo exhibition was on view in the exhibit gallery of Pearl S. Buck International, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 2018. The exhibit is available for travel. Please see the Sacred/Sagrado: Traveling Exhibition Proposal for more information
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