Day of the Dead at Duke University Libraries


October 30, 2007November 5, 2007

Location: Perkins Gallery

Sponsor: Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Artist: Students

In the Fall Semester 2007 the Archive for Human Rights sponsored a celebration of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. The Latin American tradition of Dia de Los Muertos is an exercise in memory and memorilization. Not only family photos but also favorite foods, toys, personal and family objects, and other items closely associated with the deceased are juxtaposed on an ofrenda or altar, offering a number of different avenues of memory (documentary, sensual, communal) through which the living and the dead, the past and the present, can reunite.