La Calaca Festival Presents “Trail of the Redeemed” by Spencer Tunick
Day of the Dead
By Maria Barakat
La Calaca Festival is proud to announce an installation by renowned artist Spencer Tunick. On October 30, Tunick will create an ethereal piece, “Trail of the Redeemed,” paying homage to the themes of Día de Muertos. This will be a women-only installation and incorporate hundreds of marigolds. To participate in Tunick’s new artwork please visit: http://lacalacafestival.org/tunick-la-calaca/.
In exchange for participating, the volunteers will receive a limited edition print of the installation. La Calaca (The Skeleton) is a four-day participatory arts festival in San Miguel de Allende that is deeply integrated into the vibrant celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). La Calaca reveres and expands indigenous traditions while re-imagining them for the future. The third annual La Calaca Festival wich will take place October 30-November 2, aims to provide a platform for cross-cultural collaboration and the global conversation on death.
Spencer Tunick is recognized worldwide for his elaborately posed still and video images of multiple nude figures in unexpected public settings. His temporary site-specific installations have taken place around the globe in cities including Montreal, Melbourne, Lyon, Santiago, New York and Mexico City. Tunick gathers volunteers to participate in his art; in the past participants have totaled anywhere from 100–18,000.
His work combines sculpture, performance and land art that consistently features skillfully posed nudes juxtaposed in urban and natural environments.
La Calaca Festival challenged him to embrace the reverence and celebration intrinsic in Mexican culture and create an installation to reflect those values. The “Trail of the Redeemed” is his response to this challenge. Tunick’s installations require significant organization and collaboration—and a great deal of trust between artists and subjects. Volunteers who agree to pose arrive at a specific location and shed their clothing. During the entire installation, the brief nudity is handled professionally and with respect. With the help of a support team, participants are collectively organized and directed into the various compositions the artist desires and the moment is captured.