Dia de Muertos - photographs from Oaxaca, Mexico by Gary Bricklebank

25 Oct 2017 – 25 Nov 2017

Event times

Tuesday - Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am - 7pm

Cost of entry


England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • between Bethnal Green and Mile End stations

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Dia de Muertos: the Dead are Alive. Gary’s richly textured black and white images capture the Day of the Dead festivities.


The dead are brought back into everyday life. Lost love ones are commemorated throughout Oaxaca with food, drink, music, dancing, & enjoyment. Children play in cemeteries after midnight. Mariachi bands boogie by tombstones. Young women (& some men too) wear slinky dresses & with deadpan expressions on their painted skull faces. Giant puppets & stilt walkers cast strange shadows.

A fantastical mix of ancient Mexican cultural heritage, blended with Spanish colonial Catholicism, and sprinkled with plenty of anarchic hedonism. Never morbid, this is a total celebration of Life.  

Gary has worked as a photographer, run an open access darkroom and print workshop. His varied artwork has been shown in the Whitechapel Gallery and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. This is his first solo show.  

Gary is excited to present Dia de Muertos Photographs as part of the exhibition programme at the Magus and the Fool Art Cafe.  Owners Federico Arceri from Italy and Caroline Souza from Brazil have created a lively, multicultural atmosphere – an apt setting for these dramatic pictures.

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Gary Bricklebank


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