Carmen Mariscal Offering for the Day of Dead at the British Library

31 Oct - 02 Nov 2021

“This public altar is a dedicated to four exemplary women from Mexico and Britain. Malintzin (c. 1500-c. 1529), Mexica polyglot interpreter and advisor; Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695), Mexican writer, philosopher, composer and poet; Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) English writer, philosopher and advocate of women’s rights; and Claudia Jones (1915-1964) journalist, feminist and black activist. In this offering, traditional elements of Day of the Dead altars and contemporary photographs, objects and sound are brought together by Mexican visual artist Carmen Mariscal. The artist, created an offering dedicated to the four women cited above whose voices still need to be heard today and to the thousands of women killed around the world by the mere fact of being women. In the offering Mariscal used mostly purple papel picado (cut-out paper). Purple simbolises mourning, it is also the colour used during the demonstrations against violence towards women.”