Part of FotoFest Biennial participating group exhibition 'El Chow; Fruto en vaina' at El Rincon Social Houston TX curated by Maureen Penders
Clay sarcophagus mixed with sheep blood agar, dirt, mud, vulture feathers, roots, leaves, & other materials from various burial sites of south Texas.
Reanimated is a body of work that has emerged from frequent visits to burial sites of south Texas, particularly Falfurrias Texas where the bodies of migrants were buried without identification by the authorities upon finding their remains. Using similar forensic methods of human remains recovery - site materials are attained such as dirt, mud, roots, leaves, vulture feathers, the detritus of the land where the cadavers were buried. 'Reanimated' is a 6 foot empty sarcophagus made out of clay mixed with the organic materials of the burial sites. The clay sarcophagus grows odor of fastidious bacteria, 'reanimating the life' of the burial sites, where the body is not present but only the fabric of the environment by which it has touched, absorbed, cycled and borne witness.
The piece will be dismembered in fragments after the duration of the exhibition.