About the project

Self Help Graphics & Art
43rd Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition

Curated by Rosalie Lopez

Margaret Alarcon, Consuelo Flores, Jennifer Gutierrez-Morgan, Gabriel Jimenez, Manuel Lopez, Rosalie M. Lopez, Jose Lozano, Star Montana, Susanna Negrete, Aydinaneth Ortiz , Wayne Perry, Alejandro Quan-Madrid, Luis Ramirez, Shizu Saldamando , Marissa Magdalena Sykes, Sergio Teran

Thursday, October 20 through December 2, 2016
Opening Reception Thursday, October 20 at 7PM

Día de los Muertos is a time when our community shares personal stories. Los Angeles has a unique history of building, deconstructing and reassembling its cultural past. Growing up surrounded by these transitions, the importance of expressing and honoring our cultural identities grew. For 43 years, Self Help Graphics & Art has been a public place for the neighborhood to commemorate and experiment with these rooted cultural practices. The inspiration for this exhibit came from a personal focus on using various forms of altars and ofrendas as a means of engaging and encouraging dialogue with the community. This year’s theme came from an interest in storytelling, archiving neighborhood histories, and creating environments where people can remember and share the wisdom left by those who have passed on into the afterlife, Mitlán.

Rosalie M. López is a conceptual artist whose artwork involves reforming cultural iconography, often referencing the idealized perfect with more true-to-life icons, in order to highlight and recognize the strength, power, and influence of our communities, while also speaking about cultural and social expressions. She primarily uses printmaking, papel picado, installation, and the altar/offering to relay experiences of survival, loss, and hope.