Duke University to Host Day of the Dead Photography Show

Days of the Dead: From Mexican Roots to Present Day Practice in the US is an exhibit organized and sponsored by Duke University’s Program for Latino/a Studies in the Global South. It will be held from mid-September to early November, 2012, and include photographic images from a group of amateur and professional photographers taken in the villages of Teotitlan del Valle and Xoxocotlan in Oaxaca, Mexico, during the 2011 celebration there.


The photographers participated in a workshop led by Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies faculty member Bill Bamberger and produced by Norma Hawthorne, director, Oaxaca Cultural Navigator LLC.  The show will be in the Fredric Jameson Gallery in the Friedl Building where the Program for Latino/a Studies in the Global South is located to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month.

You can see a video and photos from the 2011 Day of the Dead Photography Expedition HERE.


The exhibit will also include a narrative to share the history and roots of Days of the Dead celebrations in Mexican culture.  It will include an altar to incorporate Day of the Dead practices in the United States and a video. This exhibit will be a faculty/staff/student collaboration.  Oaxaca Cultural Navigator LLC will take part as an event co-sponsor and other organizations will be invited, too.

As more details become available, we will let you know.  Meanwhile, we still have a few spaces remaining in the upcoming 2012 Day of the Day Photography Expedition with Bill Bamberger in Oaxaca that starts on October 28.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Jenny Snead Williams, executive director, Duke University Program for Latino/a Studies in the Global South.  See their social network sites on Facebook and Twitter.

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