‘Dia de Muertos’

Photographs by Jim Grover

The ‘Day of the Dead’ (Dia de Muertos) is a three-day festival celebrated each year throughout Mexico. Family and friends come together to remember, reminisce and pray for their deceased. Small shrines and altars, covered with food, drink, sugar skulls and marigolds are built in homes and on the graves in the cemeteries, encouraging the spirits of the dead to return to their loved ones for the festival.

The festival culminates on November 2nd, All Souls’ Day, when families keep all night vigils for their departed in candle-lit and flower-strewn cemeteries. As the cold morning breaks, small groups sit or stand quietly amongst the spluttering candles, before drifting away and leaving the cemeteries silent once again.

In Oaxaca, in south Mexico, the three days and nights are punctuated by noisy processions of costumed and face-painted revelers through the streets and squares. The surrounding valleys echo to the sounds of drums and trumpets as villagers process from one village to the next, stopping to briefly party, before heading on to their next destination. Beer and tequila sustain the round the clock revelry, but bleary faces soon feature in the early light of the day. For some the excitement proves too much, as they collapse into sleep on the ground.


About the exhibition

A series of colour prints and a slideshow of black and white images displayed in the upstairs gallery of Leica Store London City

Photographs by: Jim Grover
Curated by: Katy Barron
Printed by: Nick Barnett

Venue: Leica Store London City, The Royal Exchange, London
Nearest Tube Stations: Bank, Monument, Moorgate
October 28th – December 24th, 2019
Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM - 6 PM
Admission: Free
Prints: Editioned prints available for sale. Details in the gallery
Phone enquires: 02072830700